Durant leads Warriors to rout of Thunder
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant terrorized his former team for the second straight time Wednesday night, pouring in a season-high 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' 121-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant, who left the Thunder as a free agent in the offseason and dropped 39 points on them in their first head-to-head in November, contributed 13 points to a third-quarter flurry as the Warriors (36-6) exploded into a 93-78 lead after having been tied at 56-all at halftime.
Durant's big scoring night, the 47th 40-point game of his career, helped the Warriors overcome Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's 21st triple-double of the season.
Westbrook totaled 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, but he also was harassed into 8-for-23 shooting and 10 turnovers.
The double-figure turnover total was the sixth of Westbrook's career and the third during a triple-double performance.
Klay Thompson provided most of the Warriors' defensive attention on Westbrook after he'd earlier in the day left the team for a family matter in Portland.
Thompson returned in time to contribute offensively as well, chipping in 14 points as Golden State beat Oklahoma City for the seventh consecutive time in Oakland.
Stephen Curry had 24 points, including nine in the decisive third quarter, for the Warriors, who shot 54.1 percent from the field and 10-for-21 on 3-pointers.
Durant played a large part in both impressive percentages, hitting 13 of 16 from the field and five of his seven 3-pointers.
The first-year Warrior also had a team-high 12 rebounds, helping Golden State gain a 46-36 advantage in that area.
Draymond Green had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
Westbrook had 16 of his points in the first half, during which the Thunder led by as many as seven.
He also drew a flagrant foul on Golden State center Zaza Pachulia in the final minute of the half, producing the two free throws that created the halftime tie.
Westbrook clinched his triple-double with his 10th assist in the seventh minute of the third quarter. He went on to log 36 minutes.
Enes Kanter totaled 22 points and Victor Oladipo had 20 for Oklahoma City (25-19), which lost three of four to start a six-game trip.
The Thunder shot 42.2 percent overall and were 8 for 28 on 3-pointers.
NOTES: SG Klay Thompson was listed by the Warriors as "out" on Wednesday morning after he informed the team he was taking the 90-minute flight to Portland to visit his ailing grandfather. He arrived at the arena almost an hour and a half before game time, not much after some of his teammates, and got the start. ... Thunder coach Billy Donovan announced at his pregame press briefing that C Steven Adams (concussion) was getting better but noted Adams has yet to be cleared for Oklahoma City's next game -- Monday at Utah. ... The Warriors completed a 22-day stretch in which they never left Northern California for a game. They sandwiched five- and four-game homestands around a 90-mile bus ride to Sacramento. ... Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted before the game that his team is not where it was at this point last season. "We had probably peaked," he said of the 2015-16 edition. "This year, I think there is room for growth."