Then it appeared to turn on one of the weirder plays you'll see. After heading into halftime tied, the Warriors led 66-63 midway through the third quarter.
Upon receiving an inbounds pass from Victor Oladipo and whispering a sweet nothing or two in his ear, Russell Westbrook headed up the floor slowly.
But he forgot something: to dribble.
I'd like to give referees credit for actually calling a travel—but it took five nonchalant Westbrook steps for them to deem his epic journy worthy of a violation. Five!
Anyway, less than a minute after Westbrook brain-sharted all over the court, the Warriors pushed their lead from three to 10, before turning the thing into a 121-100 blowout in the final period.
At least Westbrook got to dunk in Kevin Durant's grill once, only for Durant to respond with a less aesthetically pleasing shot worth more points.
It appeared Westbrook said something to his former teammate after his dunk, but the point guard denied doing so after the game.
"What exchange?" Westbrook responded to a reporter who'd asked about the incident. "You need to sit closer to the game; maybe you didn't see it clearly."
Durant shot a scorching 13-of-16 from the field for 40 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Westbrook put up one of the ugliest quadruple-doubles you'll ever see: 27 points on 8-of-23 shooting, 15 rebounds, 13 assists, and 10 turnovers.