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Kevin Durant Erupts Against Russell Westbrook's Thunder

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Well, that was anticlimactic. After an intense buildup, the first battle between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went firmly in Durant's favor, as the Golden State Warriors blew out the Oklahoma City Thunder 122-96 in Oakland on Thursday.

This is what the Warriors do. They don't care about narratives. They don't care about personal rivalries. They simply tighten their vice grip around your favorite team's defense until that team's will is broken. The Dubs finally looked like the souped-up version of the Monstars we expected them to be, erasing the Thunder like how they did many teams last season--this time with the added benefit of Durant hitting open shot after open shot.