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Klay Thompson texts Zaza Pachulia after tallying four dunks vs. Nuggets

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Klay Thompson texts Zaza Pachulia after tallying four dunks vs. Nuggets

Detroit Pistons center Zaza Pachulia has been having fun at his former Warrior teammates' expense throughout the season.

On Tuesday night, Klay Thompson returned the favor.

After recording four dunks in the Warriors' win over the Nuggets, Thompson was asked if he's been keeping track of how many dunks both he and Pachulia have converted this season, a reference to their ongoing dunk competition dating back multiple seasons.

"I gotta be winning this year," Thompson responded.

When a reporter informed him the count is currently 11 to one in his favor, Thompson had a good chuckle.

"Ha! Good, I'm going to text him that. Right now, actually."

Text Pachulia he did, right then and there.

"You have one dunk. I have 11 this year. Pay me," Thompson recited his text aloud.

It was the latest clap back in a long line of humorous interactions between the two former teammates, and we'll undoubtedly hear Pachulia's retort before long.

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Chances are he'll be more impressed with the four-dunk performance than Kevin Durant was, who mocked Thompson after the win, saying his dunks "don't look that good ... He's 6-7, he's gotta get higher than that."

Thompson, upon hearing Durant's critique, remained unbothered.

"It's about efficiency. Substance over style, you feel me?"

Guess that rules him out for the dunk contest this year. Darn.

Zaza Pachulia trolls Kevin Durant about Omri Casspi's 20 points

Zaza Pachulia trolls Kevin Durant about Omri Casspi's 20 points

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Omri Casspi scored a season-high 20 points Monday night against the Warriors (his previous high was 12).

Golden State won the game, 110-93, but Zaza Pachulia still felt the need to have some fun with his former teammate, Kevin Durant.

Pachulia, at 11:05 p.m. PT (which means it was 2:05 a.m. in Detroit), sent Durant the following text:

"Saw Omri kicked your a** tonight. 20 points in 21 minutes."

Durant's response: "Hahaha fu** u Z."

Zaza's answer: "Yeah and put this one on IG too if you want," followed by four of the "face with tears of joy" emojis.

Durant texted "I am" and posted a screenshot of the exchange on Instagram with the caption: "@zazapachulia wanted me to show ya'll this."

Earlier this month, Durant took to Instagram to let the world know that Zaza incorrectly wished him happy birthday (Durant's birthday is on Sept. 29).

But back to Casspi real quick -- he attempted four 3-pointers against the Warriors (he made two), bringing his season total for the Memphis Grizzlies to 25. Last year with Golden State, he took 22 in 53 games.

"Well if Omri had shot last year like he did tonight ..." Warriors coach Steve Kerr jokingly said to reporters after the game. "Omri was great tonight. He was killing us on his backcuts. For whatever reason he didn't shoot the 3s last year. This year, we got some guys who are more willing to shoot.

"Everyone's taking that as a shot ... it was a joke."

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

Jordan Bell channels Zaza Pachulia, sets up Steph with between-the-legs pass

Jordan Bell channels Zaza Pachulia, sets up Steph with between-the-legs pass

Jordan Bell did his best Zaza Pachulia impression, and even got some love from the man himself. 

With the shot clock winding down late in the third quarter of a 105-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Bell ran a give-and-go with Warriors guard Stephen Curry. 

That sentence, however, undersells Bell's pass just a bit. 

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Yes, Bell pulled a Pachulia, going between-the-legs when he returned the ball to Curry. The two-time MVP drained his ensuing 3-point shot, and surely gave Warriors fans a blast from the (very recent past). 

Pachulia watched Bell's pass from the Motor City, where he now plays for the Detroit Pistons. The two-time champion posted his approval on his Instagram story. 

Bell finished the game with four points, three rebounds, and two blocks, but his only assist of the night is going to be what he remembers most.