Instant Replay: Durant makes statement in Warriors' rout of Thunder

Instant Replay: Durant makes statement in Warriors' rout of Thunder


OAKLAND – Even as he was surrounded by drama and intrigue for two full days, Kevin Durant kept saying to anyone willing to listen that he would let his play speak on his behalf.

Wow, did it. Loudly and repeatedly, much to the joy of the sellout crowd (19,596) Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Durant scored a season-high 39 points to lift the Warriors to a 122-96 rout of Oklahoma City, the team with which he spent the first nine seasons of his career.

Stephen Curry put in 21 points and Klay Thompson added 18 as the Warriors put on their most impressive display of the season, extending their win streak to four while handing OKC its first loss.

The Warriors (4-1) shot 51.1 percent from the field and held the Thunder to 40.2 percent.

As for the much-anticipated battle between ex-teammates Russell Westbrook and Durant, it wasn’t much of a contest. Westbrook totaled a season-low 20 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field.


Scoring in 29 points in the half and coasting in the second, Durant danced and danced and kept on dancing until his feet hurt.

Durant’s line: 39 points (15-of-24 from the field 7-of-11 from deep), seven rebounds, one assist and one block. He played 31 minutes and finished plus-21 for the game.


After a Jerami Grant dunk, followed by his trash-talking Durant, gave OKC a 29-19 lead with three minutes left in the first period, the Warriors responded with a 24-5 run to take a 34-34 lead with 8:41 left in the second quarter.

Durant scored 15 of those 24 points – in less than four minutes.

The Warriors led by as much as 31 points and the Thunder never got closer than 23 in the second half.


Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful. C Damian Jones (R pectoral recovery) is listed as out.

Thunder: G Cameron Payne (R foot fracture) is listed as out.


The Warriors late Thursday night left for Los Angeles, where on Friday night they will face the Lakers at Staples Center.

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.

What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'


What if they don't win the title? Joe Lacob says Warriors 'looking at different options'

The Warriors were the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

That is probably going to change this season, as they trail the Rockets by three games (although it's really four because Houston has the tiebreaker) with 12 games to play (and only lead the Raptors by one game).

What does owner Joe Lacob think about his team right now?

“We’ve had our best team we’ve ever had this year,” Lacob recently told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group (read the full story here). “We have to go prove it on the court, but we have enough to win it.

"It doesn’t mean we will, but we are certainly set up to have the opportunity potentially to do that. That’s about all you can ask.”

Things can change in an instant and Lacob understands that.

That's why he's constantly discussing scenarios with Warriors GM Bob Myers and the rest of Golden State's decision-makers.

“We’ll build around that core until we decide maybe we shouldn’t," Lacob told BANG. "But right now it feels pretty good. These guys are all performing at a great level. We love them as part of our organization.

"I don’t really see doing anything major. But you never really know. We have to evaluate when the season is over. It’s very hard when you’re in the middle of it all to see it objectively.”

What happens if the Warriors don't win the championship this year?

We will leave you with this quote Lacob gave BANG.

“Maybe we will emphasize continuity. Or maybe we will make a big move. We’re looking at different options, given different things playing out in different ways.

"I think you should always be doing that.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller