The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors are not really what you would call “rival” teams but they do have some hard feelings towards each other. What really ignited those feelings is when superstar Kevin Durant decided to ditch Russell Westbrook and the Thunder only to join the Warriors just one month after losing to them in the Western Conference Finals. These two teams have met up a total of 260 times with the Thunder winning 143 games and the Warriors winning 117 of them. Tonight’s game in Oklahoma would mark the first matchup of the season.
Golden State Warriors:
Jordan Bell (3.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 70.4 FG%)
Quinn Cook (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Damian Jones (G-League)
Chris Boucher (G-League)
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG)
Kyle Singler (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%)
Daniel Hamilton (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0.0 FG%)
PJ Dozier (G-League)
The Oklahoma City Thunder opened things up well as they shot fifty-two percent from the field in the first half, limiting the defending champions to forty-two percent. The Thunder’s Big Three all scored double digits in the first half as Russell Westbrook went off for 20 points on fifty-seven percent shooting. He was able to knock down a three-pointer late in the second period as grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off six assists. Former Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony had 16 points which included two three-pointers. Paul George recorded 14 points in the midst of grabbing one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds. Steven Adams had eight rebounds in the half to put with his eight points. Jerami Grant played eight minutes off of the bench but only had two points.
As for the Warriors, Kevin Durant scored 14 points while hitting two three-pointers in the first quarter against his former team. He also collected four defensive rebounds but had two turnovers. Stephen Curry ended up with thirteen points while earning three rebounds and four assists. Klay Thompson had one three-pointer in the opening quarter while Draymond Green gave out four assists. Andre Iguodala played the most minutes off of the bench but only had two points as the Thunder went into halftime with a huge 65 to 48 advantage.
Curry dropped 11 points in the second half which would include one three-pointer late in the third period. Former Cavaliers’ forward Omri Casspi had nine points to put with his one offensive rebound and four defensive ones. Durant scored seven points on forty percent shooting while Green had two points and three defensive rebounds. Nick Young played the most minutes off of the bench but was held completely scoreless.
The Thunder finished things off in the last half as Westbrook posted up 14 points on thirty-nine percent shooting from the field. He also had three rebounds, three assists, and four steals while George collected two three-pointers to put with his seven rebounds. Anthony shot only thirty-three percent from the field as he settled for six points and four defensive rebounds. Josh Huestis played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just a free-throw as the Thunder easily hand the Warriors a 108 to 91 loss. Russell Westbrook finished with a season-high 34 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals. Stephen Curry had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and one steal.
The Golden State Warriors will host Lauri Markkanen (15.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.6 APG) and the Chicago Bulls (3-12) for the first time this season on Friday at 10:30 p.m. These two teams have met up a total of 159 times with the Bulls winning 87 games and the Warriors winning 72 of them. The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Tobias Harris (18.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.8 APG) and the Detroit Pistons (11-6) for the first time this season on Friday at 8:00 p.m. The Pistons and the Thunder have met up a total of 136 times in the past as the Pistons won 66 games while the Thunder ended up winning 70 of the games.