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OKC Thunder: Warriors, Thunder continue to provide instant classics

Oklahoma City and Golden State combined for 248 points on Friday night, with the Thunder pulling out a 127-121 shootout in front of a raucous home crowd.
by Anthony Slater Published: January 18, 2014

Kevin Durant exploded for a career-high 54 points, stealing the show.

Steph Curry dropped in an easy 37, his shot allergic to the rim.

Klay Thompson poured in 26, drilling six threes in an overshadowed performance.

The Thunder and Warriors combined for 248 points on Friday night, with OKC pulling out a 127-121 shootout in front of a raucous home crowd.

For both teams, the stars played like stars, the secondary guys filled their roles and the game turned into one of the more entertaining showdowns of the season.

But when assessing this matchup — this budding Thunder-Warriors rivalry — it probably wasn't even the pair's best duel this season.

Maybe not the second-best, either.

In their first two games, both in November, the Thunder and Warriors played to an almost impossible standstill.

Out in Oakland, the Warriors won the first game 116-115, needing a desperation fadeaway buzzer-beater from Andre Igoudala to pull off the victory.

Fifteen days later, in eerily similar fashion, the Thunder capped a wild late sequence with an equally tough Russell Westbrook fadeaway, stealing a 113-112 overtime win in OKC.

The combined score through two games: Thunder 228, Warriors 228.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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