Behind 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists from reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors at home Wednesday night, 108-91.
It was the Thunder’s first win over the Warriors since Durant left them in the summer of 2016. Durant finished with 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting and was booed every time he touched the ball.
To everyone’s delight, Westbrook and Durant went forehead to forehead and were called for double technicals after Westbrook played great defense on his former teammate in the third quarter.
— NBA do Povo (@NBAdoPovo) November 23, 2017
Last year, Golden State won all four meetings against OKC in blowout fashion. It was essentially Westbrook versus the Warriors.
This season, Westbrook has two new toys to work with and those additions came through tonight.
Paul George registered a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and had four steals as well. He played sound defense on Durant and made things difficult for KD. Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, scored 22 points.
Big man Steven Adams was his usual productive self, as the Thunder’s center racked up 14 points and 12 rebounds.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry put up 24 points while sharpshooter Klay Thompson was off, hitting only three field goals for nine points.
Russell Westbrook on if it will always be emotional vs. Kevin Durant, references his now-trademark “the only friend I have is the basketball,” name drops Reggie Jackson, Dennis Smith. pic.twitter.com/FzBDg3WTCX
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) November 23, 2017
Kevin Durant on the arena atmosphere: "It was a little better. Nothing like the first time"
On the Russ stuff: "That's just ball…Nothing but love for him" pic.twitter.com/tnSU6x43gu
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 23, 2017