Stephen Curry, Warriors Crush Russell Westbrook, Thunder Without Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/June Frantz Hunt)

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Despite being without Kevin Durant due to an ankle injury, the Golden State Warriors dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder 110-88 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry led all scorers with 33 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. He was aided by teammate Klay Thompson, who chipped in 23 points of his own.

While Paul George was productive in defeat for the Thunder with 29 points and 13 rebounds, guard Russell Westbrook had arguably his worst game of the season, finishing with seven points on 2-of-16 shooting, as well as nine assists and eight rebounds.

Westbrook was also called for a technical foul, and he will be forced to serve a one-game suspension since it was his 16th of the season unless it is rescinded by the NBA, according to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:

The tech came when Westbrook argued with an official after expressing his belief that he had been fouled:

Fresh off a thrilling 106-104 road win over the Houston Rockets with KD on the shelf, the Warriors were the better team from start to finish Saturday. Golden State dropped 40 points in the opening quarter and held a 13-point lead after 12 minutes of play, which it never relinquished.

With a 16-point advantage entering the fourth quarter, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was able to get the likes of Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell ample playing time off the bench, but OKC was still unable to close the gap.

Golden State won the season series over Oklahoma City 2-1 by virtue of Saturday’s victory, and the Dubs made it clear there is a significant gap between the top team and the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.

Even without arguably their best player in Durant, the Warriors had the look of a team that is ready to run through the West en route to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

          

What’s Next?

Golden State will continue its four-game road trip Monday with a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. Kerr said that Durant will “most likely” be back in the lineup for that one.

Following Saturday’s disappointing performance, the Thunder will look to get back on track Monday when they host the Miami Heat.

              

This article will be updated to provide more information soon.

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March 16, 2019 at 08:11PM

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