This was hyped up early as the most exciting game of the young season, would Russell Westbrook be able to carry his team to a victory on his own. After one quarter it looked like it would be that way. Then Kevin Durant happened. Durant matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points, easily knocking down long jumpers on the Thunders defense.
First half foul trouble for Thunder center Steven Adams really hurt any chance for OKC. Russell Westbrook tried to keep his team in it with 20 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds, but wasn’t efficient enough finishing just 4-15 from the field.
Durant’s 39 points matched the most by a player facing his former team for the first time. Danny Ainge and Stephon Marbury also did it and his 7 threes in a players first game against his former team broke the former record which was 5.