Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook jaw at each other, incite a dust-upBy Darlene Powers Mar 21, 2017
Matchup No. 3 was the Durant return game, the Andre Roberson head-to-head game, the "I'm coming!" game, the cupcake game.
Even without Kevin Durant, Golden State smashed OKC 111-95 to complete a 4-0 season sweep.
The Warriors have now thumped the Thunder by margins of 26, 21, 16 and 16 respectively in their four meetings this season, with Billy Donovan's team seemingly at a loss in how to contain their speed, shooting and crisp ball movement. Instead it was a reminder that Golden State didn't just acquire a great player.
Steph Curry hit a three at the halftime buzzer against the Thunder, and ran off the court like it was all part of the plan.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the way as the Golden State Warriors accounted for the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Houston Rockets had James Harden to thank for their win over the Denver Nuggets. Klay Thompson scored 34, but it was Curry who owned this game, outplaying his MVP-hyped counterpart and putting the Thunder on their heels from the opening tip. "And at that point, I just wanted to hold my position".
Meanwhile, Curry continued his hot shooting, a very welcome development for the Warriors, particularly with Durant still out.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast. It's about Pachulia's iron screen on Westbrook earlier this season that prompted the OKC guard vow revenge. Yet the Warriors have been his kryptonite. Each of these teams have playoff aspirations and could surely derail Golden State's path to the number one seed. Steph was no slouch either with 21 points with 7 three-pointers.
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And while consolation for Jones and England came in the form of a second successive championship title, it did not seem to matter. England has won just twice - in 2003 and 2013 - in eight previous visits to Dublin in this tournament.
The Thunder shot 42.5 percent from the floor, which isn't good, but it shot 19.0 percent from behind the arc, which is much worse.
With his offense faltering, Westbrook's defense seemed to also be affected as he left the player he was guarding wide open more than a few times. Maybe he'll think twice before he asks "who's he?" when referring to Curry.
Westbrook's struggles against the Warriors is a recurring theme.
The Warriors play Monday at Oklahoma City.
Incredibly, per Marc Stein of ESPN, this was Curry's first dunk of the season after he managed seven during the previous campaign.
From a narrative standpoint, acting like a scorned lover, Westbrook's defiance towards the Warriors is excellent drama and highly entertaining.
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