Despite the Thunder's slow start at 7-9, this is hardly shaping up to be a cupcake game for the Warriors, who must contend with OKC's All-Star triumvirate of Russell Westbrook and newly acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
"It's a regular game for me now", Durant said. It's hard to say.
Russell Westbrook plays like he's avenging his entire family just about every game, but he somehow manages to ratchet up the intensity for games against Durant, and he's done it so far tonight.
You be the judge.
In the third quarter, tempers flared even more. The Warriors were set to get the ball back, when Durant instead crept toward Westbrook, and began running his mouth.
"I'm done trying to convince people that I love being here, I love playing basketball here, I love growing as a basketball player and a person", Durant told reporters. You should give them credit for how they played, and we should be better. The two teams will meet again on February 6. "Just a sign of great leader is looking at yourself and try to figure out what you can do better and coach has that trait and he's passed that down to the locker room".
Durant said Tuesday it was a "pretty fun moment to be a part of" and added that he knows what to expect this time around. Let's execute the play. Westbrook and George don't have that yet, with both players still in search for the right kind of balance early in this experiment. At the time, Golden State was down 17. Klay Thompson posted a double-double of 23 points and season-high ten rebounds, along with two thefts; Andre Iguodala scored 12 points and five boards, while Omri Casspi contributed with 12 points, eight rebounds, and a couple of rejections.
Possibly in a way of damage control to scrub his uncharacteristic behavior from the minds of National Basketball Association fans, Durant chalked up last night to just two players playing ball. The Thunder are scoring 103.19 points per contest on average (19th in the NBA), while they are allowing 98.56 points in return (4th in the NBA). "We didn't play a very smart game". Golden State leaves its four-game road trip with a split.
Kerr, lightheartedly, broke down his team's issues afterwards.
"I'm sorry, I lost my focus and concentration. Long night for us".