Kevin Durant: Heated exchange with Russell Westbrook is 'just ball'

Kevin Durant (ankle) rejoins Warriors' lineup for Thunder tilt

There certainly seemed to be plenty of tension remaining between Durant and Westbrook, but Durant wrote it off as just a case of two competitors in the heat of the game. "It was all good, and they deserved to win, and the crowd deserved to get the joy that they got out of this game".

"The story is about the game", Durant said of the focus on Wednesday's scuffle with Westbrook.

In a game that featured games within the game, it was a 108-91 victory for the Thunder that produced multiple confrontations between former teammates Kevin Durant and Westbrook. Oklahoma City led 94-71 at the end of the third and Warriors coach Steve Kerr pulled his starters with about eight minutes remaining.

With 34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals, the reigning NBA MVP led his team to its first win over the Warriors since Durant left Oklahoma City for the Bay Area in 2016.

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Durant can become the first player in National Basketball Association history to score more than 30 points in the first four games played against his former team. Westbrook knocks Durant's dribble out of bounds, and both players emotions came to a head, with Durant mouthing NSFW words. I've got nothing but love for it. The Thunder lost the battle under the rims as they had nine boards fewer than the Pelicans (40-49), and recorded 22 assists opposite to New Orleans' 26. It's not about who was in each other's faces. "I'm expecting it again when we play 'em again, but it's all fun and games". All that aside, KD is claiming that his supposed beef with Russ "is not real, so please don't believe it". At the time, Golden State was down 17. All the fans, they lied to y'all. That's part of the game. I learned how to tune out the bulls- and just play. OKC's fourth-quarter performances lately have been rather shoddy.

Russell Westbrook is the top fantasy basketball player for the Thunder with a season average of 46.59 fantasy points per game. 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). Durant finished with 21 points and two dimes.

"We're playing these halves - who are we and what are we trying to become?"



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