Kevin Durant scored 28 points for Golden State while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the Thunder 112-80 yesterday.
Stephen Curry added 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as Golden State put on the kind of defensive performance coach Steve Kerr has been seeking from the defending champs.
Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16.
Durant's pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third.
However another play was picked up late in the third quarter by fans and media outlets, but it won't be on any Warriors highlight reels.
Golden State centre Zaza Pachulia contested a rebound with Westbrook late in third quarter which saw the Thunder guard hit the court with Pachulia appearing to fall over Westbrook in the contest.
But what made the moment raise eyebrows was Pachulia landing directly on Westrbook's leg despite nothing appearing to make the big man fall over.
Pachulia has been questioned for deliberating attempting to injure players in the past, including when he was involved in a play that saw Spurs star Kawhi Leonard injured in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals last year.