Oklahoma City scored 33 points off of Golden State's 22 turnovers.
Westbrook, who usually is animated anyway, was more talkative on the court than usual. Although both have fared well without each other so far (Durant, NBA champion, Westbrook, NBA MVP) in the Thunder's 108-91 victory over the Warriors Wednesday night, it appeared time hadn't healed all wounds for both parties. Westbrook downplayed the incident later.
"It's just a regular game for me now", he said. It don't matter who it is. On the court I have no friends. Only friend I have is the basketball, that's it. I go out and play at a high level. "Like I've been saying since day one, and that's what I do". "He's competitive, I'm competitive". We did it for a full game, rather than a half or a quarter. They booed him almost every time he touched the ball.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors (13-5) with 24 points, while Durant added 21.
Westbrook's new All-Star teammates came through. Everyone admits the ball sometimes stalls on offense - something Anthony and Westbrook, in particular, are often guilty of.More news: Pakistan Court Orders Release of Cleric Wanted by USA for Terrorism
"They're incredible talents", Curry said. "It was all good, and they deserved to win, and the crowd deserved to get the joy that they got out of this game". "I think right now we're just in a little bit of a rut where we've got to focus, and I know we will".
"It's just great to get a win", Westbrook said.
"We've got to be better in that area ... especially this team playing in this building and especially playing against us".
So Thunder General Manager Sam Presti went out and pulled off two stunning trades - landing George on the eve of free agency, and then Anthony on the eve of training camp.More news: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: 'Everyone to blame for Basel defeat'
But it should be pointed out that Oklahoma City's underlying metrics - the Thunder rank 16th in offense, third in defense and fifth in net rating - are right in line with those of the Boston Celtics (besides the clutch statistics, of course, which the Celtics have led the league in while the Thunder have been at the bottom). He made the free throw to put the Thunder ahead 72-52.
The Thunder were up 94-71 after three. Durant can become the first player in National Basketball Association history to score more than 30 points in the first four games played against his former team. He entered the game averaging 20.1.
In the third quarter, tempers flared even more. All eight of its wins have been by nine or more points, and all nine of its losses have come by nine or fewer.
"That's my game", Westbrook said. They kicked our (expletive), they played a great game. "They brought the energy, brought the juice, brought the intelligence and we didn't bring any of that".
"It's not about who's in each other faces". That stuff is not real. All the fans, they lying to you all.More news: Snow, 75mph gales and heavy rain to SMASH Britain TOMORROW
The Warriors return home Friday to host the Bulls before playing again Saturday against the Pelicans.
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