by JAKE GONZALEZ
Playing at Oracle Arena on Thursday November 3, the Oklahoma City Thunder faced their former star, Kevin Durant, for the first time since he signed a 2 year deal with Golden State during the offseason. The highly anticipated matchup began with a tight first quarter. Both teams in attack mode, displaying how bad they wanted the victory. Ending the first quarter, Oklahoma City had a 1 point lead and looked as if it were going to be a game that would go down to the wire.
Golden State started the second quarter hot and carried this momentum for the rest of the game. Outscoring the Thunder 37-11. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with his ability to score the ball. Ending the half with 5 three pointers and 25 points.
In the second half, Golden State continued their dominance, fueled by the roar of their crowd. The Thunder tried to put up a fight, but they could not outplay the Warriors. Russell Westbrook did not have the night he planned on having. Making 4 out of 15 shots, he could not find a way to consistently score throughout the game. He still finished with 20 points, but was not close to his season average of 38 PPG.
Ending with a score of 122-96 with Golden State on top, the Warriors showed that they have the ability to win in every game they play. These two team will face again on January 18th and the Thunder will want to have a better performance.