As evidenced by his hiring extra security for the trip, Kevin Durant was expecting a rude welcome in his first road visit to the team he left in free agency this past summer, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He got one.
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Well, this is happening. pic.twitter.com/WYtEeCGULz
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Then the former teammates clashed on the court.
Four minutes before halftime, Westbrook gave Durant a considerable shove at mid-court. Nothing, save for a wide open Stephen Curry jumper, came of it.
A quarter later, when Westbrook assisted a Victor Oladipo three to cut the Golden State Warriors lead to 18, the two jawed as their teams assembled for a timeout.
The Thunder point guard apparently told his ex-running mate "I'm coming."
Westbrook yelling at Durant: "I'm coming"
Durant shrugging it off, believe he said: "You're gonna lose"
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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook really jawing back and forth as they go to the bench. Kevin: "You're losing though."
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That proclamation turned out to be fasle. Durant led the Warriors with 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting in a 130-114 beating of the Thunder that wasn't as close as the score would indicate.
Soon after that exchange, Durant and Andre Roberson got into it.
"Basketball is fun in general, especially in an environment like this," Durant said of being booed throughout the night. "The crowd was amazing. They were loud—as loud as I've ever heard them."
The man Durant once called "the real MVP" thinks the drama of their relationship has been blown out of proportion.
"I do think it doesn't make sense," Westbrook said. "It's over with. He plays for his team, I play with my team. Let him do his thing, I do my thing, and that's it, plain and simple."
Westbrook led all scorers with 47 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists. He turned the ball over 11 times—as many turnovers as the 13 participating Warriors committed altoghether.
The Warriors have emerged victorious in all three of their meetings with the Thunder this season, by a combined 63 points.