Kevin Durant Outduels Russell Westbrook as Warriors Beat Thunder

Kevin Durant Outduels Russell Westbrook as Warriors Beat Thunder

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The Golden State Warriors split their season series with the Oklahoma City Thunder by picking up a 111-107 victory on the road Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kevin Durant posted a double-double (34 points, 10 rebounds) in the win, while Russell Westbrook had a monster game (44 points, 16 rebounds and six assists) in a losing effort.

Hoop magazine’s Josh Eberley thinks Westbrook has raised his game against the Warriors this season:

Ultimately, the collective contributions of the entire Warriors roster were too much to overcome. Golden State’s bench combined to score 38 points.

The Thunder’s supporting cast, on the other hand, didn’t provide enough help for Westbrook. In particular, Paul George struggled mightily for the second time in a row against Golden State. The five-time All-Star had 20 points and eight rebounds but missed 14 of his 19 attempts from the field.

The Thunder relied too much on isolation and had just 13 assists as a team, whereas Golden State had 27.

With George unable to score off the dribble, Oklahoma City needed somebody else to fill the void. Instead, the Thunder had no answer to Golden State’s suffocating defense. ESP


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