Preview: Oklahoma City At Golden State

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
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When the Golden State Warriors put everything together, they look positively unbeatable. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who visit Golden State on Wednesday, already saw that type of performance once from the Warriors and will try to disrupt the rhythm with star Russell Westbrook going up against former teammate Kevin Durant.

Durant, who made waves that rippled throughout the league when he left Oklahoma City over the summer to sign with Golden State, is thriving in his new home. The former MVP was seduced by the Warriors' ball movement and unselfishness and is averaging a team-high 25.8 points on a career-high 53.7 percent shooting as part of a team that leads the NBA in scoring (117.7 points) and assists (31.3) after handing out 37 assists and shooting 50.5 percent from the field in a 126-91 drubbing of the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. Westbrook became the undisputed leader of the Thunder with Durant's departure and is putting up historic stat lines but not quite as many wins. Oklahoma City is in the midst of a six-game road trip and fell hard on the second night of a back-to-back with a 120-98 setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Oklahoma, CSN Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE THUNDER (25-18): Westbrook, who is averaging a triple-double, was held to 24 points, five rebounds and four assists against the Clippers to snap a string of three straight double-doubles as Oklahoma City struggled on both ends of the floor. "We had a hard time generating baskets," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters. "We certainly didn’t make enough shots. Defensively we had made some strides over the last five to seven games, but it wasn’t one of our better defensive games." Westbrook and the Thunder had a similarly poor performance the first time they visited Golden State on Nov. 3, when Westbrook went 4-of-15 from the floor and the Warriors breezed to a 122-96 win.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (35-6): Durant blasted his former teammates en route to 39 points in 31 minutes in that Nov. 3 meeting and is a perfect fit for Golden State on both ends of the floor, with his length and ability to challenge shots a key to the team defense. Durant (three) and Draymond Green (five) combined for eight blocks in Monday's win, and Durant turned in the defensive play of the night by stuffing LeBron James on a drive to the basket. The Warriors are up to four straight on their latest winning streak and are finishing up a four-game homestand with Oklahoma City before a stretch of seven of nine on the road.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Thunder C Steven Adams (concussion) sat out Monday's game and is in the league's protocol.

2. Warriors SG Klay Thompson is averaging 24.5 points and is 9-of-16 from 3-point range in two games since resting last week against Miami.

3. Golden State took the last four in the series, beginning with Game 5 of the Western Conference finals last spring.

PREDICTION: Warriors 122, Thunder 109

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 25-18 L1 15-6 10-12 2-0 23-18 4-3 14-11
Golden State 35-6 W4 19-3 16-3 3-1 32-5 7-1 22-5

Last Meeting

Oklahoma City Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/3/16 OKC 96 GS 122 96 41 40.2 122 46 51.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC V. Oladipo 21 61.5 1
GS K. Durant 39 62.5 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC J. Lauvergne 7 4 3
GS D. Green 10 4 6
Assists Player  
OKC R. Westbrook 10
GS S. Curry 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
OKC R. Westbrook 1388 42.5 383
GS K. Durant 1205 53.8 258
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
OKC R. Westbrook 463 78 385
GS K. Durant 387 26 361
Assists Player  
OKC R. Westbrook 475
GS D. Green 327

Quickchart Matchup

Oklahoma City  Off vs  Golden State Def
106.5 Points For
105.1 Points Against
45.8 FG%
43.2 FG%
45.5 Reb
43.5 Reb
Golden State Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
117.7 Points For
105.2 Points Against
49.9 FG%
45.4 FG%
43.5 Reb
41.3 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Oklahoma City Overall Golden State
25-18 W/L 35-6
23-19-1 ATS 17-23-1
19-24-0 O/U 19-22-0
106.5 Pts For 117.7
105.2 Pts Against 105.1
Oklahoma City A/H Golden State
10-12 W/L 19-3
10-12-0 ATS 10-12-0
9-13-0 O/U 13-9-0
103.3 Pts For 121.1
108.4 Pts Against 105.5