In ‘Durant vs. Westbrook’ round two, the Golden State Warriors, led by Kevin Durant, were able to extend their season series lead to 2-0 with a 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Coming into this game without big man, Steven Admas, the Thunder were clear underdogs but managed to keep the game somewhat close in the first half. The game was notched at 56-56 at the halftime but the second half is when the Warriors were able to dominate and pull away.
Towards the end of the first half came the story of the game when Russell Westbrook tried to draw foul on Zaza Pachulia and ended up taking a pretty hard body check from him. The problem was that Pachulia stood over him and stared him down following the play and was assessed a flagrant 1 foul for the incident. Westbrook didn’t see the stare down as it occurred because he was face down but after seeing it postgame he said: “I’m gonna get his a–, I don’t play that game.”
As for the game, Russell Westbrook continued to try to claw his team back into the game in the second half but couldn’t overpower Golden Sate’s well-rounded offense. Both teams turned the ball over close to 20 times in this game but the Warriors just had more firepower and were able to go on multiple second-half runs that propelled them to their 121-100 victory.
Russell Westbrook brought his usual, energetic self to the game but his poor shooting from the field certainly didn’t help his team. Westbrook secured his 22nd triple-double of the season with 27 points, 15 rebounds, and 13 assists but turned the ball over 10 times and shot a poor 8-23 from the field. Enes Kanter (22 points & 9 rebounds) and Victor Oladipo (20 points) tried to pick of some of the slack from missing Steven Adams but OKC turned the ball over a total of 18 times and shot an awful 28% from 3-point range that didn’t help them keep up with Golden State’s fast pace scoring.
Kevin Durant had a season-high 40 points in this game, with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks to go along with them. He was unstoppable every time he was on the floor as his efficiency was impeccable, shooting 13-16 from the field (5-7 from three). Stephen Curry added 24 points and 8 assists, while Draymond Green helped out by contributing 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Klay Thompson, who was expected to miss this game, ended up with 14 points and provided a huge boost from beyond the arc as usual.
The Warriors will look to continue their recent success by starting a 4-games road trip by heading to Houston on Friday to take on James Harden and the Rockets. Golden State has endured a tough stretch of games lately but has proved their toughness by competing at a high-level, night in and night out.