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Golden State Warriors (30-18) vs. OKC Thunder (36-12) Preview

January 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) attempts to drive past Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry (7) in the fourth quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 104-99. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Golden State Warriors for the third time this season tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder and Warriors have split their season series so far with the home team winning each game.

The Thunder beat the Warriors back on Nov. 18 119-109. Kevin Durant had his first career triple-double in that game with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Thunder were also led by Russell Westbrook who scored 30 points and Kevin Martin who had 23 off the bench.

The Warriors then beat the Thunder on Jan. 23 104-99. The Thunder ran out of gas in that game as they were outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

Durant had 33 points and nine assists in the game and Westbrook had probably his worst game of the year with 10 points on 3-for-16 shooting.

The Warriors had nearly all of their points scored by four players. Stephen Curry led the way with 31, David Lee had 22, Klay Thompson 19 and Carl Landry scored 20 off the bench.

The Thunder have historically dominated the Warriors in the Durant era. And Durant in particular dominates them which has also been the case this season.

The Thunder are the better team and the only thing that held them back the last game was Westbrook’s awful night. If he improves on that and has his normal kind of game, the Thunder should be able to win easily.

The Warriors are also playing a road back-to-back tonight having lost at Houston last night. They gave up 140 points and an NBA record 23 three-pointers in that game. The Warriors were visibly embarrassed at the end of the game and may have a chip on their shoulder for tonight.

The Thunder likely won’t see Andrew Bogut tonight who has returned from injury but isn’t playing in back-to-backs at the moment.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder

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