Now back to the game which still featured National Basketball Association superstars John Wall, Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson to keep the sellout crowd satisfied after many came to see the renowned Durant in his hometown.
The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player joined the Warriors this season in a deal worth a reported $54.3m (£43.9m). A prime example of this was against the 76ers yesterday, where Durant helped the Dubs win a game they would have undoubtedly lost a season ago with Steph Curry shooting 0-for-everything from behind the arc.
The Wizards made 15 of 24 from the field in the first quarter and outran the best fast-break team in the league with an 8-0 advantage in transition points.
Kevin Durant underwent an MRI on his injured left knee yesterday and the Golden State Warriors were preparing for the worst- that they'd be without their leading scorer heading into the playoffs. That broke a 562-game regular season streak in which Durant had scored double-digit points. Morris finished the night with 22 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.
The San Antonio Spurs took full advantage of Golden State's setback, closing to within four games at the top of the Western Conference by beating the Indiana Pacers 110-106. Pachulia fell right into Durant's left knee, bending it backward. Ian Mahinmi also scored six points and grabbed three offensive rebounds, filling in for Marcin Gortat for over seven minutes while Gortat sat with two early fouls. His 25 points gave the Wizards a necessary boost, however, including a big shot with 1:50 left in the game. With 2:10 remaining in the third quarter, Shaun Livingston drilled a pair of free throws - Golden State attempted 13 in the quarter - and pulled his team ahead 80-79. But behind plays from Otto Porter Jr.
In the wake of Durant's injury, which he suffered during Monday's loss to the Wizards, they went out and signed veteran forward Matt Barnes who will be with the team for the remainder of the season.
Durant is averaging 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in 59 games this season for the Warriors, who have the best record (50-10) in the National Basketball Association and a four-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference.