OKLAHOMA CITY —
Kevin Durant wouldn't go as far as Martin, but he did recognize that Golden State was trying to rough up the game.
“I wouldn’t say they were too dirty,” Durant said. “But they were physical, and we never shy away from a physical game. I think K-Mart did a really good job of getting mad and getting into a zone. He can get hot pretty quickly. That is what busted the game open for us in the fourth quarter.”
Martin shot 8-for-16 from the field, including 3-for-6 on 3-pointers, in only 27 minutes. Durant led all scorers with 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Serge Ibaka collected six blocks and 15 points.
Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson each paced the Warriors with 19 points. Stephen Curry added 11 assists, but he only shot 5-for-20 for 14 points.
“We did a good job of just getting our hands on loose balls and getting out in transition,” Westbrook said. “Everybody is making the right play. If they are not open, they are hitting the open guy.”
Ibaka played with an edge from the opening tip. Guarding All-Star David Lee, Ibaka played as if he were trying to show he deserved to have been selected. He hounded Lee and attempted to block or alter every shot Lee put up. Lee finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Ibaka had four blocked shots to go along with 11 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City led 34-22.
Golden State couldn’t buy a basket in the first half, shooting 37 percent. While Oklahoma City’s defense had a little to do with it, the Warriors were just missing open shots and turning the ball over.
Durant and the Thunder bench pushed the lead to 20 early in the second quarter. They looked as if they were about to put the Warriors away before halftime.