Then, in the middle of the third quarter, Durant and Westbrook found themselves face-to-face after another stop in play.
Whether it was Russell Westbrook wearing an "Official Photographer" vest before their first game against each other or Durant embracing the cupcake moniker that was placed on him through t-shirts, a hat and a design for his new sneakers, there was plenty of fuel added to the fire. But Westbrook has often spent time in the locker room after games reaffirming to George to be an aggressive, assertive player.
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Durant sprained his ankle during Golden State's come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday and missed the game against the Brooklyn Nets the following day. The Thunder blew out the Warriors 108-91.
The best of teams occasionally lay the worst of eggs, and the Golden State Warriors collectively laid a doozy of an egg in a hyped matchup against the probably-better-than-their-record Oklahoma City Thunder.
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Mark Medina (Mercury News) on KD feeling more at peace on this trip to Oklahoma: "But while the Thunder has changed its team identity since Durant last faced them in Oklahoma City, Durant believes he has changed his personal identity".
"The effort, the intensity, the way we played. that's how we need to play", Thunder Coach Billy Donovan said. He has averaged 20.1 PTS, 8.7 REB, 9.7 AST, 1.9 STL and 0.1 BLK with 4.5 TO. Draymond Green got one with 5:06 left in the third. Golden State is the best team in the league when it comes to field goal percentage (51.48%) and three-point percentage (40.38%), while they are among the best ten teams (8th) in rebounding (45.76). "I think tonight shows who we can be, who we want to be, and who we think we can be".
Oklahoma City continued a odd trend. The wins have been by an average of 17.8 points.
In a game that the Thunder controlled from the start, tensions initially started to bubble up in the second quarter after a turnover on a pass intended for Durant. "It's the same atmosphere that they've always had, so we wouldn't expect anything different".
Thunder: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.