The Thunder and Warriors didn't like one another to begin with. Now there's genuine bad blood. In the course of the Warriors' 122-96 victory on Thursday behind Kevin Durant's 39 points, the two teams engaged in a healthy amount of trash talk. Especially Durant and his former teammates.
Kevin Durant vs. Enes Kanter war of words (full exchange) pic.twitter.com/4bC8EWFuou— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 4, 2016
Kevin Durant after his seventh three-pointer: "Keep talking." pic.twitter.com/iTZKHQngsx— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) November 4, 2016
After the game Durant said, "If you start something, I'll finish it."
Kevin Durant on the on court trash talk: "No ill will" pic.twitter.com/l6nrHNlHnV— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 4, 2016
And Durant had a little beatdown for Enes Kanter.
Kevin Durant on Enes Kanter trash-talking him: "I'm sure he'll put something on Twitter tonight" pic.twitter.com/OPot2gymVS— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 4, 2016
"I'm sure he's going to put something on Twitter tonight."
Westbrook said: "The Warriors talk a lot of trash now, I guess."
Russell Westbrook on how OKC handled the emotions, trash talk of Thunder-Warriors: pic.twitter.com/EOW6THLNu1— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) November 4, 2016
Westbrook's line -- "We'll see them again" -- feels at once emblematic of how much these teams dislike one another and sadly delusional about the state of both squads. Durant proved how far beyond the Thunder Golden State is. After all, they have Durant.
Don't expect Christmas cards to be exchanged between Durant and his former teammates any time soon.