02/24 22:12 CST After 2 lopsided losses to OKC, Durant leads Warriors rout
After 2 lopsided losses to OKC, Durant leads Warriors rout
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- Kevin Durant scored 28 points for Golden State while
avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier
this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the
Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists
and three steals as Golden State put on the kind of defensive performance coach
Steve Kerr has been seeking from the defending champs.
Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma
City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five
games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16.
Durant's pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third
put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that
included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third --- when Zaza Pachulia
subbed in to relieve JaVale McGee.
The Warriors held Paul George to five points. George's 3-pointer at the 7:52
mark of the third with Durant's hand in his face was his first basket after
going 0 for 9 to begin the game. He finished 1 for 14 after going off for 38
points in the last meeting when Oklahoma City left Oracle Arena with a 125-105
rout on Feb. 6.
Golden State also lost at OKC by 17 on Nov. 22.
Draymond Green added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He picked up
his 15th technical of the season with 1:04 left in the first half, moving him
within one of an automatic suspension. That came after Durant and Carmelo
Anthony pushed, shoved, yelled from close range and had to be separated,
receiving double technicals.
It was a testy rematch after the Warriors received five technical fouls in the
previous meeting. That prompted general manager Bob Myers to address the
importance of keeping poised.
Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors and leave OKC on July 4,
2016, making him an instant villain in his former city.
He scored 33 in the Feb. 6 meeting but got plenty of help this time.
Earlier this month against the Thunder, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined
11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the
third time in four games. Thompson had 11 points Saturday, shooting just 1 for
11 from deep.
The Warriors on Saturday improved to 8-1 this season in the next game against
an opponent after losing the previous meeting.
After Shaun Livingston's jumper at the 8:47 mark of the second quarter, Golden
State went nearly five minutes without scoring before Curry's basket at 4:51
started a 7-0 burst.
The Thunder grabbed eight offensive rebounds in the opening quarter to score 10
second-chance points, with Westbrook getting eight boards and George five. But
Oklahoma City went 2 for 11 on 3s in the initial 12 minutes --- Anthony, George
and Westbrook a combined 1 of 8.
Thunder: The last time the Thunder won three of the four games against the
Warriors in a single season was during 2012-13. The teams play again April 3 at
Warriors: McGee made his second straight start at center in place of Pachulia
and had an alley-oop dunk on Golden State's first possession off a pass by
Thompson. ... Thompson passed Neil Johnston (10,023) for ninth place on the
franchise's career scoring list. ... With one block, Green passed Chris Mullin
(488) for eighth place on the Warriors' blocked shots list. ... Former Warriors
F David Lee attended the game as a retired player and fan, receiving a rousing
ovation when announced during the first quarter sitting courtside by owner Joe
Kerr expressed his "disappointment" in the scandal and coach Sean Miller's
situation at Arizona, where he played.
"It's my school," Kerr said, "I love my school. I don't really know what else
Durant received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his giving off
the court to help kids, families and other charitable causes for education and
communities. He donated $3 million last month to the University of Texas where
he played and matched Colin Kaepernick's $10,000 in the quarterback's "10 for
10" campaign, Durant's contributions helping a local organization doing
community-based justice work.
"The guy does so much good, like a lot of our players or all of our players,"
Kerr said. "I'm really proud of Kevin. I'm proud of all of our guys."
Thunder: Host Orlando on Monday.
Warriors: Visit Knicks on Monday looking for an eighth straight win in the
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