Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant sat out the second half of a 114-109 loss at the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle.
Durant said the sprain was mild and X-rays were negative. The reigning NBA MVP said he hopes to play at the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but will see how he feels.
“I wanted to play. I wanted go back out there, but we wanted to be cautious,” Durant said.
Durant grabbed his ankle after stepping on Marreese Speights’ left foot while going hard to the basket late in the second quarter. Durant was called for a charge on the play.
Durant lay on the ground in pain before walking to the bench with the help of teammates Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. Durant limped to the locker room at halftime under his own power.
“I was a little nervous, but I knew that when I got up and started walking that it felt good,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure with the X-ray that everything was good.”
Durant came back Dec. 2 after missing the team’s first 17 games with a broken right foot, and his latest injury ended his best performance yet this season.
Durant scored 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. It was his highest-scoring game this season and the highest-scoring first half of his career.
Oklahoma City started the season 3-12 with Durant and Westbrook dealing with injuries but had been rediscovering its championship-contender form with both healthy again.
The Thunder had won seven straight entering the game, which was the longest active streak in the league after Memphis snapped Golden State’s 16-game winning streak Tuesday night. Oklahoma City is 7-2 since Durant came back and 8-2 since the return of Westbrook, who sat out 13 games with a broken bone in his right hand.