Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook fight as showdown gets ugly

Hazel Gray
March 21, 2017

The Warriors didn't let the schism hinder their play on the court, as they went on to comfortably defeat the Thunder by the score of 111-95.

As the two teams set up for a jump ball right before halftime Monday night, Steph Curry didn't like Samaj Christon getting in his personal space, so he shoved.

The Thunder star had been at the center of an ugly shoving match with Curry in the second quarter when tempers flared.

The rest of the players on the court did their best to restrain everyone before the scuffle elevated to a brawl.

Curry, Westbrook, Green and Christon were all assessed with technical fouls, but no punches were thrown and no players were ejected.

Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder are now officially the whipping boys of the Golden State Warriors.

The animosity generated during the 2016 Western Conference Finals was cranked up to outright bitterness when Kevin Durant left OKC last July to join the Warriors.

The NBA All-Star finished with 23 points and six assists, however ugly scenes marred the end of the half, as Curry was involved in a physical spat with OKC's Semaj Christon. He will make you pay for it, three points at a time.

It was Gibson's first Warriors game as a member of the Thunder. "Just one of those nights", he said. "Shots didn't fall. We had some open shots that didn't fall, and they made shots as well".

"I don't think it's anything particular", Thompson said.

"They have been steady working", Warriors forward David West said. A few mishaps defensively.

The last time Golden State showed up here, amid all the sturm and drang of Durant's homecoming, the Warriors won easily - at least, easier than they'd won in the past. I actually knew it was going to happen, to be honest with you. We knew he would come out attacking.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 20, 2017.

Meanwhile, Curry continued his hot shooting, a very welcome development for the Warriors, particularly with Durant still out.

Victor Oladipo led the Thunder with 17 points (6/14 FG), six boards and five assists, while Enes Kanter added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Klay Thompson fetched the ball as it headed out of bounds, flung it to Curry who calmly potted the shot.

Utilizing Durant, the Warriors destroyed the helpless Thunder three times in the season's first few months.

Thankfully, after a day of reflection, Oklahoma City will conclude its mini homestand vs. 26-win Philadelphia.

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