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After 2 lopsided losses to OKC, Durant leads Warriors rout

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) �� The Golden State Warriors played stifling defense for a full game. They went on a jaw-dropping scoring frenzy midway through the third quarter.

Yes, the dominant defending champions are back and ready to build some consistency.

Kevin Durant scored 28 points while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.

"We're champions. We're 46-14 and we've got one of the best road records in the league," Durant said. "We've been doing this the last two years. We've got to be us."

Stephen Curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as Golden State produced the kind of defensive performance coach Steve Kerr has been seeking.

Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16, but this matched their season-low total.

Durant's pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third - when Zaza Pachulia subbed in to relieve JaVale McGee.

The Warriors held Paul George to five points. George's 3-pointer at the 7:52 mark of the third with Durant's hand in his face was his first basket after going 0 for 9 to begin the game. He finished 1 for 14 after going off for 38 points in the last meeting when Oklahoma City left Oracle Arena with a 125-105 rout on Feb. 6.

"He's played at such a high level offensively for such a long time, a night like tonight's going to happen," coach Billy Donovan said.

Golden State also lost at OKC by 17 on Nov. 22.

Draymond Green added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He picked up his 15th technical of the season with 1:04 left in the first half, moving him within one of an automatic suspension. That came after Durant and Carmelo Anthony pushed, shoved, yelled from close range and had to be separated, receiving double technicals.

It was a testy rematch after the Warriors received five technical fouls in the previous meeting. Kerr isn't concerned about Green.

"I'm an emotional guy. I play with high emotion," Green said. "I love this game of basketball. I play it with passion. I'll continue to play with passion."

Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors and leave OKC on July 4, 2016, making him an instant villain in his former city.

He scored 33 in the Feb. 6 meeting but got plenty of help this time.

Earlier this month against the Thunder, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. Thompson had 11 points Saturday, shooting just 1 for 11 from deep.

TIP-INS

Thunder: OKC shot 9 of 34 on 3s. ... The last time the Thunder won three of the four games against the Warriors in a single season was during 2012-13. The teams play again April 3 at OKC.

Warriors: McGee made his second straight start at center in place of Pachulia and had an alley-oop dunk on Golden State's first possession off a pass by Thompson. ... Thompson passed Neil Johnston (10,023) for ninth place on the franchise's career scoring list. ... With one block, Green passed Chris Mullin (488) for eighth place on the Warriors' blocked shots list. ... Former Warriors F David Lee attended the game as a retired player and fan, receiving a rousing ovation when announced during the first quarter sitting courtside by owner Joe Lacob.

ARIZONA SCANDAL

Kerr expressed his "disappointment" in the scandal and coach Sean Miller's situation at Arizona, where he played.

"It's my school," Kerr said, "I love my school. I don't really know what else to say."

DURANT'S HONOR

Durant received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his giving off the court to help kids, families and other charitable causes for education and communities. He donated $3 million last month to the University of Texas where he played and matched Colin Kaepernick's $10,000 in the quarterback's "10 for 10" campaign, Durant's contributions helping a local organization doing community-based justice work.

"I've got to continue to leave my mark off the basketball court as well," Durant said. "Look forward to doing that."

UP NEXT

Thunder: Host Orlando on Monday.

Warriors: Visit Knicks on Monday looking for an eighth straight win in the series.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
S. Curry
30 PG
33.0 Min. Per Game 33.0
27.0 Pts. Per Game 27.0
6.5 Ast. Per Game 6.5
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
44.0 Field Goal % 49.4
44.1 Three Point % 49.5
73.2 Free Throw % 91.8
+ 3 Terrance Ferguson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Singler 0:22
+ 3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Omri Casspi 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney 0:58
  Terrance Ferguson missed jump shot 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Alex Abrines 1:09
  Nick Young missed jump shot 1:13
+ 2 Terrance Ferguson made jump shot, assist by Nick Collison 1:31
+ 2 Zaza Pachulia made layup, assist by Nick Young 1:42
  Defensive rebound by Zaza Pachulia 1:50
  Terrance Ferguson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:54
  Defensive rebound by Nick Collison 2:02
Team Stats
Points 80 112
Field Goals 29-88 (33.0%) 42-89 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 9-34 (26.5%) 17-38 (44.7%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 11-13 (84.6%)
Total Rebounds 54 62
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 29 42
Team 11 8
Assists 19 36
Steals 8 8
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 2 2
15 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST
21 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Thunder 34-27 1926211480
home team logo Warriors 46-14 24283228112
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 34-27 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Warriors 46-14 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
K. Durant SF 26.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 5.4 APG 51.6 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 15 PTS 12 REB 7 AST
K. Durant SF 28 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
33.0 FG% 47.2
26.5 3PT FG% 44.7
61.9 FT% 84.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 31 15 12 7 2 0 5 1 4/15 1/5 6/6 2 10 38 -19
S. Adams 33 14 7 3 2 2 1 2 6/9 0/0 2/5 2 5 30 -6
C. Anthony 30 14 5 1 1 0 2 3 6/17 1/6 1/2 1 4 20 -26
P. George 32 5 5 3 2 0 1 4 1/14 1/9 2/3 3 2 17 -12
J. Huestis 19 5 4 2 0 0 2 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 2 11 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 31 15 12 7 2 0 5 1 4/15 1/5 6/6 2 10 38 -19
S. Adams 33 14 7 3 2 2 1 2 6/9 0/0 2/5 2 5 30 -6
C. Anthony 30 14 5 1 1 0 2 3 6/17 1/6 1/2 1 4 20 -26
P. George 32 5 5 3 2 0 1 4 1/14 1/9 2/3 3 2 17 -12
J. Huestis 19 5 4 2 0 0 2 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 2 2 11 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Felton 13 11 1 0 0 0 2 3 4/8 3/4 0/0 1 0 10 -7
J. Grant 20 6 2 0 0 1 1 1 2/5 0/1 2/5 1 1 8 -26
T. Ferguson 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0 5 -4
A. Abrines 20 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/5 1/4 0/0 0 1 6 -30
N. Collison 6 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 1 6 -6
K. Singler 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -4
P. Patterson 21 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 -19
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 80 43 19 8 3 15 17 29/88 9/34 13/21 14 29 157 -160
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 31 28 5 2 1 1 2 0 10/20 4/6 4/4 0 5 37 +20
S. Curry 29 21 9 6 3 0 2 2 8/19 5/12 0/0 1 8 43 +24
K. Thompson 30 11 4 2 1 0 0 0 5/16 1/11 0/2 1 3 20 +10
D. Green 33 10 5 8 1 1 4 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 2 3 29 +21
J. McGee 10 2 6 0 0 1 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 8 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 31 28 5 2 1 1 2 0 10/20 4/6 4/4 0 5 37 +20
S. Curry 29 21 9 6 3 0 2 2 8/19 5/12 0/0 1 8 43 +24
K. Thompson 30 11 4 2 1 0 0 0 5/16 1/11 0/2 1 3 20 +10
D. Green 33 10 5 8 1 1 4 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 2 3 29 +21
J. McGee 10 2 6 0 0 1 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 8 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Young 18 16 5 2 1 0 1 2 5/10 4/5 2/2 1 4 25 +23
A. Iguodala 22 7 6 7 0 0 2 1 3/4 1/1 0/0 3 3 25 +29
Q. Cook 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 2/2 0/0 1 0 7 +6
S. Livingston 12 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 3/3 0 1 12 -2
Z. Pachulia 18 4 6 2 0 1 1 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 4 14 +27
D. West 13 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 0/2 0/0 2/2 1 0 10 +2
O. Casspi 6 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 5 +6
K. Looney 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 +4
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 112 54 36 8 6 14 21 42/89 17/38 11/13 12 42 238 +160