Roughly one minute before the timeout, Westbrook shouted “shoot the (expletive) ball” after passing to teammate Thabo Sefolosha, who failed to take and open shot from the right corner.
“It's been said over and over again, arguments happen,” veteran forward Nick Collison said. “It's not an issue with us. We're in this locker room and nothing's changed for us. The hard part is everything that goes on outside the locker room and not letting that get into the locker room with all the talk that goes on among all media.”
The up-and-coming Thunder has been more closely scrutinized the past two seasons after winning 105 regular-season games and advancing to the Western Conference Finals last year against Dallas.
“It's nothing people should be blowing out of proportion,” Durant said. “It happens every single day. Teams go through emotions and things happen. It's a competitive sport, man. Everybody's not going to come in and be happy every single day. You know what I mean? I think you guys should just let it go, man. I know you guys like conflict, just let it go.”