Kelly Oubre Jr. thought nothing of posterizing Minnesota Timberwolves big man Naz Reid with a vicious one-handed dunk in the second quarter of the Warriors' 123-111 win Wednesday night at Chase Center.
"It was normal," Oubre quipped to Warriors TV broadcasters Kelenna Azubuike and Bob Fitzgerald when asked about the dunk. "But at the end of the day, I just love to attack the rim."
Oubre attacked every level of the Timberwolves' defense Wednesday, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 on 3-pointers. The 25-year-old made all four of his free throws, and recorded nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
The bulk of his points came in a perfect, career-best second quarter. Oubre scored 16 points (on 5-of-5 shooting) in the period, fighting through hard screens, flagrant fouls and foul trouble of his own. He was whistled for two fouls not even 90 seconds after tipoff, but that didn't slow down his self-described rhythm in the second quarter.
"I'm just trying to bring things to the table even when things are stacked against me," Oubre said. "I got those two quick fouls, which kind of ailed me early in the game and in the third quarter. I'm just trying to bring my energy out there whenever I [am]."
Oubre's second 20-point game of the season came just a day after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Warriors discussed trading Oubre to his hometown New Orleans Pelicans. Coach Steve Kerr told reporters in his postgame video conference that he discussed the rumors with Oubre, and the wing later said he told Kerr "[let's] go get this f--king win."
The Warriors got one, and what was arguably Oubre's best performance of the season.