It's safe to say Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are out of their shooting slumps, which unfortunately coincided with the injury to Kevin Durant and led to a 2-5 stretch for the Golden State Warriors, their worst in years.
Against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, the Splash Brothers shot a scorching 14-of-27 from deep and combined for 57 points in a 111-95 beatdown to sweep the season series in front of a Thunder crowd that's still not done roasting Durant.
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One of those 14 three-balls felt like a response to an on-court altercation that came with five seconds remaining in the opening half.
As Steph and Thunder guard Semaj Christon jockeyed for position before a jump ball, the two go entangled into a shoving match. Not one to miss out on a party, Westbrook jumped in with aplomb.
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“Protecting my teammates, that’s what’s going through my mind," Westbrook said after the loss. "I think Curry tried to get into it with Semaj, tried to push him, and I stayed right between. Once I see something going down with my teammate, I’m hopping in."
"Much ado about nothing," Curry said of the scuffle.
All three players plus Draymond Green were hit with technicals.
“I didn’t do anything,” Green said. “But I knew it. If I’m anywhere in the area, (a technical) is expected.”
Wisely, instead of engaging in a physical altercation with Westbrook, Curry let his game do the talking. After things settled down, Thompson saved a loose ball after the tip, then fired a long-distance dime to Curry, who hit a three-pointer with time expiring in the half.
“It was kind of funny for that to happen right after the scuffle,” Green said. “Hit a three, go up 20, pretty good moment.”
Thompson, whose brother is an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, told reporters not to take his throwing velocity lightly.
“I used to play quarterback,” Thompson, who led all scorers with 34 points, said of the big play. “So don’t underestimate my arm.”