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Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

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Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

As you might expect when Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City, things got chippy at several moments Wednesday.

Once during the second quarter and again in the third quarter, Durant and former running mate Russell Westbrook could be seen yapping at each other. During the latter incident, the two literally went nose-to-nose, touching foreheads before being sperated.

After the Warriors' 108-91 loss to the Thunder, Durant was asked about the exchanges.

"Man, that's just ball. That's just ball me. He's competitive, I'm competitive. We like to go at it. Both of us. That's just part of the game, so I respect it. I got nothing but love for him. I'm expecting it again when we play them again. All fun and games to me," Durant told reporters.

Despite what the cameras caught, Durant tried to downplay the level of emotions between the two teams on the court.

"Can't let emotion seep into business. Can't do that. So I think on our end, we were just playing our game. They just played better than us tonight. The emotion around the court, around the arena, around the city I'm sure was a little higher than it was on the court. can't let emotion seep in. Just have to play better than that," Durant said.

When a reporter kept pressing about the incidents between Durant and Westbrook, the Warriors forward pushed back.

"Did you watch the game? Or did you watch for the scuffles? The story is about the game. We lost, they kicked our a**, they played a great. You should give them credit for how they played. We should be better. It's not about who's in each other's faces. That stuff is not real. So please, don't believe it. All the fans, they are lying to you. It's all about basketball. They played a great game. We didn't," Durant retorted.

So how did returning to his former home for the first time this season compare to his first trip back last year?

"It was a little better. Nothing like the first. I'm sure everyone in the arena said what they had to say," Durant said.

The next two times Durant and Westbrook meet up, it will be in Oakland (Feb.6 and Feb. 24). The Warriors don't return to Oklahoma City until April 3, 2018.

Curry takes small step in recovery

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Curry takes small step in recovery

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry stepped onto the Warriors practice floor Sunday with only his attire and a slight limp giving away his injury status.

Though the Warriors are not yet able to deliver a timeline for his return, Curry will miss at least another 12 days and, realistically, probably closer to four weeks.

The good news for the Warriors is that Curry’s sprained right ankle was not in the walking boot he had worn since sustaining the injury Monday in New Orleans. He was wearing gray sweats over a black pair of his signature shoes.

“He’s doing fine,” coach Steve Kerr said. “No work on the court or anything. Just getting treatment. He seems to be doing well.”

Kerr also provided updates on the other injured players, center Zaza Pachulia and guard Pat McCaw. Pachulia has missed two of the past three games with left shoulder soreness and McCaw has missed the last two games after sustaining a concussion last Monday.

Both, however participated in light, non-contact drills on Sunday.

“We’ll see tomorrow how everybody is (Monday),” Kerr said.

McCaw is listed as questionable and Pachulia as doubtful. Draymond Green, who played 38 minutes on Friday, is listed as probable with the soreness that his nagged his right shoulder over at least the past week.

Steph Curry's game-used 2016 NBA Finals jersey sells at auction for...a lot

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Steph Curry's game-used 2016 NBA Finals jersey sells at auction for...a lot

Everything Steph Curry touches...turns to cash, apparently.

The jersey that Curry wore during Games 4 and 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cavs sold at an auction over the weekend, and the winning bidder paid a lot for it.

According to GoldinAuctions.com, the Curry jersey, which he autographed and and inscribed with '2016 NBA Finals Game Used," sold for $58,920. The listing received 28 bids.

Curry wore that jersey in two memorable games. In Game 4, he scored 38 points to help give the 73-win Warriors a 3-1 lead over the Cavs. But the Warriors couldn't close out the Cavs in Game back in Oakland, so they were forced to make a return trip to Cleveland. In Game 6, Curry famously snapped when he was called for his sixth foul. He yelled at the refs and threw his mouthpiece into a fan sitting in a courtside seat. The Warriors would lose that game and go on to drop Game 7 in Oakland, becoming the first team to play a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Curry's jersey was part of Goldin's 2017 Holiday auction and only one item sold for a higher price: 1999 Pokemon 1st Edition PSA GEM MT 10 Complete Set, which sold for $100,655.