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. The fact of the matter is that even if they do have beef, they're going out and trying to win a game. And, of course, he wanted another crack at former teammate Kevin Durant, too.
"That's my game", Westbrook said.
Westbrook was then fouled on the other end by Draymond Green.
This will be the second time Durant comes up against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, the team he played for from 2008-16.
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After an emotionally charged 108-91 Thunder win over the Warriors, Westbrook had to pause briefly and think, his thoughts and engine still running from the Thunder's first win over Golden State in seven regular-season games.
Durant had missed the Warriors' previous game with a sprained left ankle, but had been upgraded to probable for Wednesday. "I don't know", Durant said when asked if he'll be able to play.
"The effort, the intensity, the way we played. that's how we need to play", Thunder Coach Billy Donovan said. "They brought the energy, they brought the juice, they brought the intelligence and we didn't bring any of that". They played a great game. That stuff is not real, so please don't believe it. All the fans, they lying to y'all.
Green said those confrontations are part of the game, but he doesn't see the point of double Ts. But I go out and compete, I go out and play at a high level. The two teams will meet again on February 6.
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. Golden State won all four meetings last season by an average of almost 20 points. 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). KD wasn't shabby either, posting 21 points and five rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting.