Golden State Warriors Saturday game wrap: Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City, leaves with a smile

February 12, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Kevin Durant, in an emotional return to the city where he played for eight years, led the Warriors to a 130-114 victory over the Thunder. The fans booed him during the introductions, they yelled at him every time he touched the ball, they cheered when he missed a shot and loved it when he was fouled hard by Andre Roberson. In the end, it was the Warrior firepower and great defense that won the game for Golden State. Durant’s former teammate, Russell Westbrook, had a big night as he scored 47. However, Westbrook couldn’t do it alone, and the Dub’s defense was able to shut down the rest of Westbrook’s mates.

The Thunder led for most of the first quarter. They led 17-10 about midway through the period. The Warriors’ JaVale McGee helped the Dubs close the quarter on a 16-5 run and the Dubs led by six after 12 minutes of play. McGee knocked down eight for the Warriors. The Warriors showed a national TV audience how good they are by scoring 43 points and they increased the lead to 73-50 at halftime. The Dubs made 4 3-point shots, and they outscored the Thunder by 17. It was the most points the Warriors have scored in the second quarter all season. KD led the Dubs with 15, and Russell Westbrook had 21 for OKC. It was the 8th time this year that the Warriors reached 70 or more points in the first half and it was the tenth time that they have led by 20 or more points by the end of the first half.

OKC cut the deficit to 18 by the end of the third period. The Thunder tried to get closer, but the Dubs were able to answer every challenge. Things got hot in the quarter when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant got into a shouting match. Later in the period, KD and former teammate Andre Roberson had a very heated exchange as Roberson fouled KD hard on two different occasions. KD, as usual, kept his demeanor and answered by scoring 19 points in the second half.  The Thunder closed the gap to just 12 trailing 110-98, but the Warriors put the pedal to the metal and led by 20 with just a couple of minutes left to play. Steph closed out the scoring with a trey to increase the lead to 130-108, but the Thunder scored the last 6 points of the game. Dubs win 130-114.

Game Notes and Stats- KD Led the Dubs with 34 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds. Steph and Klay each had 26. Draymond Green had 6, 8 assists, 8 rebounds, and one block. JaVale McGee, who continues to improve and play well in the absence of Zaza Pachulia and David West, scored 16. Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo also played well filling in for the two injured centers. Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston made significant contributions off the bench. Russell Westbrook had a double-double with 47 points and 11 rebounds. Westbrook, however, turned the ball over nine times.

After the game, when asked how he felt about his return to OKC and the game, KD said: “it was a fun game.” He was also asked: “does it mean anything to you when Westbrook was yelling at you?” Kd replied: “not all all.”

The Warriors are now 46-8 while OKC falls to 31-24. The Warriors are off on Sunday but return to action Monday night in Denver against the Nuggets. Game time is at 6 pm.

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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