9:30 PM ET, January 17, 2014
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Kevin Durant will try to continue his recent scoring surge Friday night and lift the Thunder to a 10th straight home win against the Warriors.
Oklahoma City (29-10) has won its last nine at home against Golden State (25-15) by an average of 10.3 points, but the margin was as slim as could be Nov. 29. Russell Westbrook hit a 3 with 0.1 seconds left in overtime to give the Thunder a 113-112 victory.
That dramatic ending came 15 days after Andre Iguodala connected on a fadeaway jumper along the baseline as time expired to give the Warriors a 116-115 home win.
If there's another spectacular ending, it won't involve Westbrook, who is recovering from knee surgery and isn't expected back until after the All-Star break.
Durant, meanwhile, has had a relatively rough two games versus Golden State this season. The league's leading scorer has totaled 45 points and 20 rebounds while making 34.4 percent from the floor -- 2 for 8 from beyond the arc -- in a combined 86 minutes against the Warriors.
He's taken on an even larger role offensively since Westbrook has gone down, averaging 34.6 points as the Thunder have gone 6-5 without their point guard.
Durant is only shooting 43.7 percent from the field in his last five games, but he's helping Oklahoma City by getting to the line. He's averaged 16.2 free-throw attempts in his last five games, and went 18 for 20 from the line and finished with 36 points in Thursday's 104-92 win at Houston.
"Kevin Durant is still as good as it gets," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "His ability to put everybody on his back. His ability to score, and make everybody a live weapon. We've gotta be able to contain and attempt to make him work.
"We've gotta be aware of the other guys on the floor, but it's still a very good team that is very well coached and it's going to be tough for us."
That may certainly be the case after the Thunder held the Rockets to a franchise-low 19 points in the second half. Houston missed all 14 3-pointers in the final 24 minutes after hitting 12 in the first half.
"I've never seen anything like that," said coach Scott Brooks, who showed his team video of Houston's 3s at halftime. "That's inspiring."
Golden State is fourth in the league from beyond the arc at 38.4 percent, but it's shooting 3s at just a 33.2 percent clip in its past eight games.
The Warriors missed 19 of 28 3s while Denver hit 12 of 24 from long distance in a 123-116 home loss Wednesday, falling for the second time in three games following a season-high 10-game winning streak.
"It's scary to think how good we are when we click on all cylinders," Jackson said.
Curry has been in a shooting slump lately, connecting on 36.1 percent from the field -- 25.5 percent from 3-point range -- in his last five games. He scored 32 with 11 rebounds and five assists at Oklahoma City in November after averaging 15.7 points over his three previous visits.
Last 5 Games
|Golden State||Oklahoma City|
|Jan 15 DEN Loss 123-116
Jan 10 BOS Win 99-97
Jan 08 @BKN Loss 102-98
Jan 07 @MIL Win 101-80
Jan 05 @WSH Win 112-96
|Jan 16 @HOU Win 104-92
Jan 14 @MEM Loss 90-87
Jan 11 MIL Win 101-85
Jan 09 @DEN Loss 101-88
Jan 07 @UTAH Loss 112-101
|Complete Schedule: Golden State | Oklahoma City|
Team Stat Leaders
The Warriors are 7-1 in their last 8 road games after starting the season 6-9 on the road. Golden State, however, has lost 9 straight games at the Thunder.
In 12 games since Russell Westbrook went down, Kevin Durant is averaging nearly nine more points per game than anyone else in the NBA. He has three games of 40+ points over that span, as many as the rest of the NBA combined.[+]
Steph Curry scored 15 of his 37 points as the pick-and-roll ball handler Friday on 5-of-7 shooting. Entering Friday's game Curry averaged 7.4 pick-and-roll points per game, 6th in the NBA.[+]
Steph Curry as Pick-and-Roll Ball Handler, This Season
Kevin Durant scored 11 points and had 4 assists on 10 drives Friday. Entering Friday he only averaged 5.7 drives per game, accounting for 7.8 of his team's points per game according to player-tracking data on NBA.com[+]
Kevin Durant on Drives, This Season*
What happened to the 50-point game? Over the last 3 years, there has only been 7 of them. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, there were 35 of them.[+]
Death Of The 50-Point Game - 50-Point Games Over 3-Year Spans
Kevin Durant is en fuego, averaging 36.8 points per game in January. In months in which he's played more than one game, its the highest scoring month of his career. Three of Durant's four highest scoring months have come in January.[+]
Most PPG In Single Month - Kevin Durant Career
Stephen Curry has 5 games this season in which he's had 30 points and 10 assists while making at least five three-pointers. The rest of the NBA has combined for 4 such games while no other player has done it more than once.[+]
ESPN Stats & Information