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Durant leads Thunder into Golden State

(SportsNetwork.com) - The NBA's leading scorer meets one of the league's highest-scoring teams when Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors Thursday at Oracle Arena.

Durant is averaging 30.6 points per game and has scored at least 33 points in each of his last three contests. He has eclipsed the 30-point mark five times in seven games this season.

The Warriors can only hope to cool off Durant and are averaging 103.9 ppg this season, while allowing only 96.1 ppg.

Oklahoma City had a four-game winning streak come to an end with Wednesday's 111-103 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers came alive in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors by a 30-16 margin, but still could only contain Durant, who finished with 33 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Durant had five turnovers and the Thunder committed 22 overall, leading to 24 L.A. points.

"We turned the ball over too many times in the second half," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks admitted. "They also had 17 or 18 offensive rebounds. Those two things hurt us. No excuses, they beat us."

Russell Westbrook posted 19 points and 10 assists and Serge Ibaka netted 13 points. Ibaka and Clippers forward Matt Barnes were ejected in the first half after getting into a brief scuffle. Barnes came to the aid of teammate Blake Griffin when Ibaka thrust his arm free after the two were tangled up. Griffin received a technical foul for his involvement. Fines and suspensions could be handed out by the league.

Oklahoma City fell to 2-2 on the road and will also visit Milwaukee on this three-game road trip. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins did not play Wednesday for personal reasons and is day-to-day.

The Warriors will welcome the challenge of Durant and OKC Thursday night and were able to snap a two-game slide with Tuesday's relatively easy 113-95 triumph over the Detroit Pistons.

Golden State showed no mercy in the first quarter and led 35-16 after 12 minutes. The game was tight from there, but the Pistons never posed a serious threat because the hosts shot 60 percent for the game and made 8-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line.

Steph Curry was the leading scorer with 25 points and both David Lee and Jermaine O'Neal tallied 17. Andre Iguodala had eight points, a season-high tying 11 assists and two steals for a high-octane Warriors squad that has trailed for only 23 seconds in three home games.

"I thought we did an outstanding job of sharing the basketball," Golden State head coach Mark Jackson said. "We just made plays."

Golden State has opened its home schedule with three straight double-digit victories for the first time since 1990-91, when the team turned the trick six games in a row. In fact, all five of Golden State's wins have come via double figures.

Jackson is all about defense and his players are listening. The Warriors have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting in five of their first eight games, which is good enough for fourth in the NBA in opposing field goal percentage. The Warriors are first in opponent's 3-point percentage (.276).

The Warriors still have Utah to play on this three-game homestand and are meeting Oklahoma City for the first time since losing three of four matchups in 2012-13. The Thunder have won 11 of the last 14 games in this series.

Golden State is just 5-13 against OKC since the team moved from Seattle.

11/14 10:00:49 ET

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Schedule

Monday, April 21Full Scoreboard
Memphis 4/21 8:00 PM ET
Oklahoma City TNT, FSN-OK
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Oklahoma City leads series, 1-0.
Golden State 4/21 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TNT, CSN-BAY
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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