Kevin Durant and his new Tupac tattoo went “Hit ‘Em Up” on his former team last night. The Warriors overwhelmed the Thunder, 122-96, in Kevin Durant’s highly anticipated first game against his former franchise since his offseason free agency exodus to Golden State.
Although the contest was a rematch of the last year’s classic Western Conference Finals, the headline entering the game centered around the beef between long time running mates Durant and Westbrook, and how their simmering offseason tension, subtweets, and hard feelings from Durant’s departure would manifest on the court.
Durant provided most of the on-court answers, with a 29 point first half, on his way to a game-high 39 points, including a devastating 7/11 from three.
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KD’s night was not entirely hassle-free. Thunder Center Enes Kanter took some time during a free throw to trash talk Durant from the bench. Durant returned the smack talk in kind.
Enes Kanter and Kevin Durant talk trash to each other during game pic.twitter.com/UZ1bWqqWBs
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Westbrook didn’t do close to enough on the night for a Thunder team that needs him to do everything every night. He managed 20 points, but was only 4/15 from the floor, and was no match for the onslaught from Golden State’s stable of stars.
Steph Curry added 21, and Klay Thompson scored 18, in complimentary roles in the anti-climactic win.
The Westbrook and Durant beef may be an intriguing storyline off the court, but the first matchup between the the NBA’s Tupac and Biggie proved to be considerably less captivating. West side.