Durant drops 40 as Warriors blowout Thunder

After a lopsided Golden State victory in their first matchup back in November, The Warriors steamrolled the Thunder again at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night 121-100. As expected, the game was physical and uptempo. For fans who did not stay up to watch the drama unfold between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook a second time around, surely enough, the two still are not on talking terms. 

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Photo by USA Today

To start, the Warriors jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead after Stephen Curry drained a three from way beyond the arch. The first quarter incorporated a big scoring effort from Thunder guard Victor Oladipo, who had 10 points on 4-5 shooting. His backcourt mate Russell Westbrook went to work early on a triple-double, amassing 7 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds in the first quarter. 

The Thunder eventually took the lead behind some scrappy play and scoring from Enes Kanter partway through the second quarter, extending their lead to 40-33. The Warriors answered right back with David West scoring six unanswered points off the bench.

The physicality came into play after the Warrior's center, Zaza Pachulia received a flagrant 1 for his foul on Russell Westbrook. 

The second half is where Golden State turned the jets on and where the Thunder's wheels fell off. The Warriors finished the night shooting 54% from the field and 48% from three. The Thunder, however, managed to shoot just 42% from the field and a lowly 28% from downtown. The game quickly turned into the Kevin Durant show as the Warriors rallied off 8 points unanswered in the third quarter to bring their lead to 71-63. 

With the game slipping away, Russell Westbrook managed to secure his 21st triple-double of the season as the third quarter came to a close. Kevin Durant was on fire late in the third quarter, scoring 31 points in 26 minutes. The Warriors finished the third quarter ahead 93-78. 

Golden State, lead by Durant's 40 points and 12 rebounds went on to win 121-100. The Warriors had just two turnovers in the second half, both coming in the fourth quarter and out-rebounded the Thunder 46-36. Golden State is now 36-6 and Durant moves to 2-0 against his former teammate, Russell Westbrook.

 

Next up for both teams:

Warriors (36-6) @ Rockets (33-12) / Friday, Jan. 20th at 5:00PM PT

Thunder (25-19) @ Jazz (27-16) / Monday, Jan. 23rd at 8:00PM CT