Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors

Just got to not worry, not try to let anything distract us.

But when a record-setting 73-victory team lose the way the Golden State Warriors did at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday, it must be asked if the Oklahoma City Thunder's 133-105 trouncing of the defending champions in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals might psychologically be worth more than one win.

"We got our butts kicked", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"Come Game 4, we have to grind them out", Thompson said.

The Game 3 win puts the Thunder in the driver's seat and the Warriors in the danger zone.

"We were physical and we rebounded the ball well", Durant said.

"It's on us to make adjustments, boxing guys out and putting bodies on them and getting those rebounds", Durant said.

It's still early in the series, but Oklahoma City looks hungrier, more cohesive and quicker to adapt through three games.

"Both times, we got blown out in game three, and we responded well, so we have that memory", Kerr said. "He's just going to play, he's going to be himself, and we'll see what happens". But also I felt like [Stephen] Curry and Klay Thompson on the court and then Klay coming off, for us defensively, it may have been a little more in terms of us being able to guard. Russell Westbrook finished the game with 30 points on 10 for 19 shooting.

With 5 minutes, 56 seconds left in the second quarter, Steven Adams fouled Draymond Green on a drive.

"I wasn't trying to kick somebody in the mid-section", Green said. Thunder fans booed Green for the majority of the game and it seemingly affected the Warriors all-star's rhythm during the game. The crowd chanted, "Kick him out!"

"Sometimes people are trying to overanalyze the turnovers", said Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

"So no, I don't think I'll be suspended since I don't know how anyone could possibly say I did that on goal regardless of the way it may look". Somebody wants to have kids someday.

"My teammates did a great job of driving the basketball and taking the pressure off of me".

Green was charged with a flagrant one foul, and although he was not ejected, the incident appeared to be a blessing in disguise for Oklahoma City. They ran with abandon, attacked the rim, got to the free-throw line and shot from long distance better than the team that has made it popular.

Durant and Westbrook were dominant, scoring 33 and 30 points, with Westbrook adding 12 assists and eight rebounds. He was relentless all game, specifically in transition where the Warriors had no answer for him tonight.

Curry shot 4 for 13 in the first half, Thompson went 5 for 14 and Green 1 for 8.

In the third quarter it was more of the same, as the Thunder would continue to pour it on led by Durant, Westbrook, Waiters, and Ibaka. They made the extra pass, found wide open shots and knocked them down.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson attended the game and sat next to Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt.

Green was largely a non-factor for the Warriors, contributing just six points, four rebounds and three assists.

Unlike that game against San Antonio, the Thunder would not let the Warriors come close to staging a comeback in the second half as the Warriors never cut their deficit to less than 22.

The Thunder seems to have an answer for the Warriors vaunted small-ball lineup. Shot 52.3 percent in the first half and 50 percent overall.... That fivesome outscored the Warriors 45-15 when it was on the floor. Both Roberson and Waiters were huge in the win and finished with 13 points each.

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