Oklahoma City Thunder Moving Forward Without Kevin Durant

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That number looks bigger than how the actual game was played. While the Warriors remain at the top of the National Basketball Association pyramid, the Thunder are now looking up at four teams at the very least in the absolutely loaded Western Conference including a team making its first appearance in our power rankings this season.

Two superstar teammates turned rivals will meet inside Chesapeake Energy Arena for the first time since one defected to the other side. Although, the 32-year-old has played 38.6 mpg, and shot 64% on 6.4 FTA during this stretch.

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, LeBron James had 18 and Kevin Love added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won four straight.

With 5:46 left in the game, the contest was deadlocked at 99 apiece, but over the next four minutes, Oklahoma City put the game away. Durant gave nine fantastic years to this city and organization, and his business partner, Rich Kleinman, is expecting an "emotionally charged, contentious" atmosphere Saturday night, and the Warriors are taking no safety chances. He had a game-high 29 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds.

Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant said in a Tuesday interview with SportsCenter that he‎ has "been thinking" about Saturday night's highly anticipated return to Oklahoma City "for the last month" and just wants "to experience it [and] see how I feel once that moment comes". The next two games take place in OKC, with the interesting wrinkle that these latest National Basketball Association rumors provide information about additional armed security being present.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be back at it against the Nuggets on Saturday as they attempt to restart their winning streak. Victor Oladipo led the locals with 21 points, and Westbrook followed with 20.

The weekend is nearly here and this means two heart-stopping events for the Golden State Warriors. Now that the Thunder has responded in such a monster manner against the defending champs, the Golden State date now looks a little different. James had 16 points at the break.

Trend: The UNDER is 8-2 in the last 10 games between the Warriors and Thunder. The score again was tied at 63-all with less than eight minutes left in the third quarter, but Golden State outscored OKC 30-15 to finish the third frame with a 93-78 lead.

Russell Westbrook may be the most dynamic player in the league right now but he is facing not only Durant, but Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and that is just too many weapons on paper for OKC to contend with. Durant needed to relay the message to Westbrook first, and not by text. "But that fan base doesn't have the toxicity of some in bigger, nastier markets, so I expect them to cheer Westbrook nonstop more than they boo Durant". "We would've loved to be 4-0, but coming off of a back-to-back, they gave us everything they had".

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