It was a highlight show in the first half for Oklahoma City as they raced ahead of the Warriors on their way to a 110-87 victory at home Friday night.
The Thunder didn’t seem too happy with the rim as they put together dunk after dunk and led 58-48 at halftime. Kevin Durant led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Russell Westbrook added 18 points but did injure his ankle in the third quarter.
James Harden was also in his best form collecting 25 points and nailing 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Kendrick Perkins did not start or play in this one and Nazr Mohammed started in his place. Mohammed wasn’t needed to do much but might be a better finisher than Perkins in the paint. The intimidation is always missed though without Perkins and Golden State took advantage to some degree with their work on the offensive glass (22 offensive rebounds).
Cole Aldrich also got some run in Perkins’ absence and was very active but unpolished and was called for two defensive three seconds violations.
The Thunder were truly firing on all cylinders in this one and shot 52.7 percent from the floor and made 10-of-24 threes. The Thunder also had 24 assists in the game which is a very high number for them.
Monta Ellis, who scored 48 points the last time these two played, had only 11 tonight.
Oklahoma City (23-7) is off tomorrow and will host Denver (17-14) on Sunday at 8:00 P.M. EST. The game will be on ESPN.