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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.