The rivalry between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has finally started as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 122-96, on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena.
After eight years, Kevin Durant decided to part ways with Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder and start a new journey with the Golden State Warriors. The former MVP showed no mercy to his former team and made them feel his absence.
At the start of the game, the Thunder managed to extend the lead up to 10 points. Jerami Grant, who joined the Thunder a few days ago, dunked on Durant with authority. However, the Warriors did not let them dominate further and easily cut down the lead to one at the end of the first quarter. Durant stepped up for the Warriors in the second quarter, signaling the start of the Thunder’s agony.
With the help of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors have managed to stretch the gap and end the first half with a 23-point lead. Victor Oladipo tried to help his team bounce back, but the Warriors’ dominance on the offensive end was unstoppable.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting and 7-of-11 from 3-point range. As most people expected, trash talks will always be present from the time Durant faced his former team. In the final minute of the 1st half, Durant was caught exchanging words with Ernes Kanter.
“I’m sure he’ll put something on Twitter tonight,” Durant said on Kanter trash-talking him.
Russell Westbrook claimed that it was the Warriors who threw most insults. Westbrook was seen struggling in the game but managed to score 20 points on 4-of-15 shooting with six turnovers.
“The Warriors do a lot of trash-talking. … I guess they talk a lot of trash. We’ll see how that goes. … We’ll see ’em again,” Westbrook said.
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