Steve Kerr had only 10 players healthy enough to play in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, but that’s all he needed, especially with dominant performances from Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson leading the Warriors to defeat the Thunder 111-107.
Chesapeake Energy Arena was flooded with the sound of booing every time KD took the floor or touched the ball, but that didn’t stop him from picking up 34 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. 15 of his points were scored in the first quarter alone despite going 9-25 from the field and 2-9 from three-point range, but he was 14-14 from the free throw line, and he had one block along with one steal.
Klay Thompson returned to the Warriors lineup Saturday night against the Kings after missing eight games with a thumb injury, and he contributed with 20 points and four rebounds against the Thunder.
Steve Kerr had a surprise up his sleeve in the form of big man Damian Jones who saw 14 minutes of action in front of an electric OKC crowd and went a perfect 4-4 from the field. A massive round of applause broke out in the Warriors locker room following the game leaving media curious, but Kerr confirmed in his postgame presser the cheer was for Damian as the team made it known how much they appreciated his presence on the court tonight.
The Warriors were without key players like Steph Curry, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, but focusing on creating a strong defensive end prevented the Thunder from hitting shots, and Durant’s powerful performance led the Warriors to walk away with the win.
For the Warriors, this was a reassuring win in what Kevin Durant called a “hostile” environment for this team, and Golden State will be on the road in Indianapolis on Thursday night to face the Pacers before returning home to Oracle Arena to host the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Warriors remain firm at No. 2 in the Western Conference, improve to 57-21 in the regular season and now have 28 wins on the road.
Watch here to see full postgame coverage of what Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant, Damian Jones and Draymond Green had to say about their win over the Thunder in OKC territory:
Watch here to see Quinn Cook’s full, unedited postgame presser:
Watch here to see Klay Thompson’s full, unedited postgame presser:
Watch here to see Kevin Durant’s full, unedited postgame presser: