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May 23, 2014

Thunder say stars’ spat no big deal

SAN ANTONIO — Oklahoma City’s Game 2 loss to San Antonio brought out a few surprising images. The 35-point deficit at the end of the night obviously stands as the most important image to come out of the contest.

However, even more alarming to some was the second quarter interaction between the Thunder’s two best players and leaders. Cameras caught Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook getting into a brief, but heated argument during a timeout after a flurry of 3-pointers by the Spurs.

It included Westbrook pointing at his head while Durant waved him off. As far as blow-ups goes, it was relatively tame compared to great players in the past.

The two have had small, oncourt disagreements before. But the fact this one came during a humiliating loss in a crucial postseason game had media members asking if their was friction between Westbrook and Durant.

Westbrook dismissed such thoughts.

“I was just getting on Kevin about some stuff, and he got on me right back,” Westbrook said. “That’s what teammates do. That’s what leaders do. We get on each other, we come back and we talk about it, and then we come out like nothing ever happened.”

Coach Scott Brooks, who was trying to get his players’ attention during the exchange, also chalked it up to things that take place in the heat of battle.

“We got frustrated with one another because we gave up the three 3s,” Brooks said. “Those are the type of frustrations that I like in a basketball team. It’s on the defensive end. We gave up some 3s and we wanted to make sure that did not happen going forward.”

While some see the outburst between the two as a negative, it actually defies the thinking of Spurs forward Boris Diaw, who felt Oklahoma City quit playing early in the contest.

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