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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

The combined score after Friday night: Thunder 355, Warriors 349. Lotta points, not a lotta separation.

“They've been great games,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “I'm sure Scott (Brooks) would say the same. As a fan of the game, it's great to watch. These are two teams playing the right way, getting after it, with a lot of respect for one another.”

What Friday night's game lacked in late drama, it made up for with individual greatness.

Durant had arguably his best game as a pro, putting up those 54 points on a ridiculously efficient 19-of-28 shooting.

And the reason he needed all 54 were because of Curry and Thompson, the sharpshooting duo, nicknamed the Splash Brothers, who combined for 63 points and 12-of-19 from three.

Three Thunder-Warriors games. Three classics.

The saddest part about a great night at the arena: It's the last game between these two in the regular season.

Now let's hope we can get seven of these come mid-May. That'll really give this budding rivalry, filled with stars who have yet to enter their prime, a warranted stage.

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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