After a move this past NBA off-season that got both praise and criticism from everyone, Kevin Durant, now a member of the Golden State Warriors, played in his first game with his new team against his old teammate, Russell Westbrook, and his old team, The Oklahoma City Thunder. It was the most anticipated match-up already since the season began and fans were eager to see what would happen.

Background

Already in his 10th season as an NBA player, Durant has already had a strong career, with seven all-star appearances, an MVP award, and has led the league in points scored for five seasons. Drafted second overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics, he had a strong rookie season, averaging 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, coming away with Rookie of the Year honors.

When the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City the next year and became the Thunder, Durant got a well-needed sidekick in the form of Westbrook, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 draft. Westbrook has already made his mark as a versatile player, with five all-star team selections, along with two all-star game MVP awards. Together, the two have led the Thunder to six playoff appearances, including a trip to the NBA finals in 2012, where they lost to the Miami Heat.

This past off-season, Durant hit the free agency market andthe most recognized name in a list of potential selections to choose from. On July 4, Durant made his decision to join the Warriors, who were coming off a dreadful finals loss to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers after blowing a 3-1 series lead.

A number of Thunder fans felt betrayed by his move, and several burned his jersey and posted it to social media. The move gave Westbrook the opportunity to become the sole leader of the Thunder squad, and after starting off the season good on their respective teams, the first match-upas opponents was set on Thursday night before a sell-out crowd at Oracle Arena.

The Game

Before tip-off, Durant and Westbrook did not acknowledge each other or shake hands, which made the game seem more intense than ever. The game started off with both teams going back and forth for the first three minutes, but the Thunder started to take control of the ball and went on a 10-2 run, during which center Steven Adams nailed five points, including one from the free throw line.

With three minutes left in the first quarter, Westbrookdished the ball to small forward Jerami Grant, who slammed over Durant and put the Thunder up by ten. The Warriors managed to pick up their game and were only down by one as the quarter ended, thanks to free throws from point guard Stephen Curry and a shot from behind the arc from Durant.

The second quarter started with the Warriors showing up the Thunder and punishing them, going on a 14-6 run for six and a half minutes. Afterwards there was no stopping the Warriors, as they continued to pounce on the Thunder, dunking the ball and going up big. In the end, the Warriors won 122-99, with Durant as the star of the game, scoring 39 points and securing seven rebounds.

Curry has 21 points and shooting guard Klay Thompson had 18 points. Westbrookfinished the night with 21 points and ten assists, as the Thunder lost their first game of the season. The game was intense and gave fans a taste of what will be in store the next time the Warriors and the Thunder face-off this season.

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