Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony questionable against Lakers
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 08, 2018,
Feb 08, 2018, 6:15
Following the 125-105 loss to Thunder, Durant told The Mercury News the call was irrelevant because the Thunder pretty much had full control of the game at that point. Paul George led the way with 38 points (11-23 from the floor; 6-11 from three-point range) followed by Westbrook who finished with 34 points (13-26 from the floor). "Games like tonight, I don't really worry about that, I know we're gonna come compete".
Durant scored 33 points but didn't get as much help from the cold-shooting Splash Brothers of Curry and Klay Thompson, who added 21 and 12 points, respectively. As a team, the Thunder shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the three-point line as they led from start to finish after setting the tone with 42 points in the first quarter. Coming into this one, Golden State had been 11-0 this season following a loss. On the other side, though, the Thunder should be amped up as they aim to snap their recent losing slump, so they don't expect them to concede to the champs, who they beat in OKC in November.
Oklahoma City controlled almost every aspect of this contest.
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OKC stopped their four-game losing streak and ended a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors in Oakland. "We're out of whack right now". And our defense has not been good either. Green picked up his first tech at the end of the first half after chirping at officials. Meanwhile, Westbrook went down beneath the Thunder basket after crashing into the stanchion. Josh Huestis earned his second start of the season after rookie Terrance Ferguson started the previous five.
But instead, the rest of the game belonged to the Thunder. Thompson became the 28th player in National Basketball Association history to make 1,500 career 3s. The fiery forward received a technical foul, but wasn't ejected. This year's Rockets team is a similar story to the Warriors in 2014-15 that won it all. Andre Iguodala's phrase and motto "Black History is Golden" was used for a T-shirt giveaway Tuesday as the Warriors kick off their celebrations of Black History Month.
Kevin Durant (left hand contusion) is questionable for the Warriors game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday at Oracle Arena.