Kevin Durant returns as play-offs approach

He missed 19 games through injury

Kevin Durant returns as play-offs approach

Kevin Durant looks for a pass. Picture by: USA TODAY Sports/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Golden State Warriors have received a huge boost ahead of the play-offs with the return of Kevin Durant.

The 2013/14 MVP injured his knee a few weeks back and missed 19 games although his side have maintained their top spot in the western conference where they will meet the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the play-offs.

His return coincided with a 13 game win streak which Durant helped to extend to 14 as the Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 123-101 over the weekend.

Speaking afterwards Durant said: "You get a dunk first play of the game no matter how long you’ve been out that feels good.

"I felt good putting my jersey on, running out with the team. It felt normal again. I’m a basketball player, I love playing basketball, that’s my favourite thing to do, so to feel like I’m a part of the team, feel like I’m a part of this energy that we have feels great.”

Durant finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as his side improved to 66-14.