Kevin Durant scores 39, dismantles old Oklahoma City team

Darren Sullivan
November 5, 2016

Following the 122-96 Warriors win, Durant spoke to the media.

While Durant led the Warriors to a blowout of his former team, those hoping for an icy exchange between Durant and Westbrook weren't let down. Young believes it may have been a subtle shot at when Durant took photos at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco and mingled with Warriors players. They didn't talk. They didn't shake hands.

"As soon as the game started it brought back some memories", Durant admitted, "but after that, it was back to business".

Thanks to the National Basketball Association schedule, fans didn't have to wait long to see one of the most eagerly anticipated showdowns of the season as former teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook squared off for the first time since the former's departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Golden State Warriors.

Paul George scored 23 points, reserve C.J. Miles added 19, Jeff Teague had 16 and Myles Turner 15, but it wasn't enough as the Pacers slipped to 0-3 on the road. Westbrook, who came in as the NBA's leading scorer at 37.8 points per game, was held to 20 points to go with 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Emotions were raised once Westbrook showed up to the arena wearing an "official photographer" vest, likely mocking Durant's well-documented passion for photography.

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It's no coincidence that photography is a favorite hobby of Durant's. "It's just part of the game, ' he said". There's no story behind it. Westbrook denied it, saying, "I don't wear anything for nobody".

"I don't wear anything for nobody. So, I thought it was something I could wear, something that would be pretty cool". The one time Durant and Westbrook were in proximity to one another was when they attended chapel before the game. Who gives a s--. After all, Durant infamously texted Westbrook - as opposed to calling him - to inform him that he was leaving the Thunder.

Kevin Durant had said that he expressed regret in the way he chose to inform Westbrook that he would be joining the Warriors during the off-season.

Reigning league champions Cleveland emerged as the new-season pacesetters by defeating Boston 128-122. Apparently I guess they talk a lot of trash now. Durant acknowledged the trash talking between the teams but said it's simply a part of the game.

But this was all about Durant on a night No. 35 and his teammates redeemed themselves after a 129-100 flop in their season opener October 25 against San Antonio that sent fans for the exits with more than 5 minutes left. I don't really say much, but if you start it, I'll finish it. I watched the pregame warmups the best I could from my vantage point, witnessing quick glances from Kevin after going through the layup line, but no gestures, waves or nods to the Thunder side. Three minutes. I'm trying to focus on whoever's on the court. "I don't care what offense you put him in, he's going to do what he do", said Green. Add in all of the other comments Durant has made since he left and you have a Russell Westbrook that is on a mission to take you and your dream team down.