Teammates have fun with 'cupcake' Kevin Durant

Hazel Gray
February 12, 2017

The first two games have been at the home court of the Golden State Warriors, and the Warriors - led by a very determined Durant - have beaten the Thunder quite comfortably.

Kevin Durant returned to the Sooner state with a vengeance Saturday, in a match-up that attracted attention from all over the nation.

Durant is shooting almost 20 percentage points better against Oklahoma City than the rest of the National Basketball Association.

Durant has consistently downplayed the so-called drama between he and his former Thunder teammates.

Dave Osborn said it would have run Durant up to $35,000, but he simply elected not to out of respect for his regular patrons, some of whom are Oklahoma City players. They adopted Kendrick Perkins' habit of calling players he considered were acting "soft" as "cupcakes".

As loud as the pregame boos were for Durant, the cheers for Russell Westbrook in introductions were louder. There was also at least one cupcake mascot.

There was a more partisan reaction during the game whenever Durant touched the ball, as fans rained down a chorus of boos on the former NBA MVP.

Westbrook went into an "unstoppable" mode in the third quarter. Fans eagerly responded, heightening the intensity into a playoff-like atmosphere. Shortly after Westbrook had drawn a three-shot foul on Durant midway through the third quarter, the two of them got into it at center court at a stoppage in play with 4:25 left in the third. Westbrook was seen uttering the words "I'm coming" as he walked to the bench. "So, that ain't nothing new", Durant said. And, like it had so many times before, the ball soared in a ideal arc directly from his hand and right through the net without touching anything else, as Durant stood and defiantly admired his work. He would be free to make a reservation, but renting the entire restaurant is not an option.

This was just another instance in which the Warriors have so much scoring depth.

The final result: a resounding 130-114 victory for Golden State that saw Durant, in his return to Oklahoma City, score a team-high 34 points.

The Thunder are only as good as Westbrook can carry them, and though he poured in 47 points against Golden State, it was clear, as it has been all season, he doesn't have the help he needs to compete against a stacked Warriors team.

Griffin finished the 107-102 win over the Hornets with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

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