Kevin Durant scored 34 points on 21 shots leading the league’s top team to a 130-114 win in Durant’s return to Oklahoma City.
As a free agent this past summer Durant left the Thunder for the Warriors in a move that added the NBA’s most versatile scorer to a team that just broke the NBA record for regular season wins by going 73-9.
Kevin Durant was drafted 2nd overall by the Seattle Supersonics in 2007 at age 19. After his rookie season, the organization relocated to Oklahoma City and Durant has been one of the NBA’s premier superstars since.
After the Thunder lost to the Warriors in a grueling seven game Western Conference Finals last May, Durant’s decision to depart for Golden State was seen as a betrayal by many in Oklahoma City.
Durant was booed throughout in his return to Chesapeake Energy Arena, but fellow superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 26 points as Golden State won handily.
Russell Westbrook had 47 points on 26 shots, but his 11 turnovers and the Thunder’s 6-24 shooting from three doomed them against the dominant Warriors.
Emotions ran high in the third quarter as Westbrook and Durant exchanged words heading into a timeout.
Shortly after Durant and Andre Roberson exchanged words and forehead sweat in a heated moment.
There are many chapters still to be written in the Westbrook-Durant saga. They are both 28 years old and in the primes of their respective careers.
Their first playoff series will certainly be must-see TV, but before that day comes the two teams will meet one final time this regular season on March 20th, in Oklahoma City.
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