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Cavs fall to Thunder 118-109

Cavs fall to Thunder 118-109”

The first half saw plenty of twists and turns as back-and-forth play for the first nine minutes of the game saw the Cavaliers hold a slim 21-19 advantage. The only problem is, he choose to join Oklahoma City Thunder's rival, which is the Warriors.

Durant insisted that he's prepared for whatever reaction greets him at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

No matter what Lue says, it's hard to see anyone in the organization happy about the 32-year-old star tied at the top in minutes played per game.

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For the fans who paid premium prices for tickets on the secondary market, there was good news: The Cavaliers were fully loaded, meaning that James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all were involved. What has been largely lost in the pre-game hype was his crucial role in defying the odds and helping transform Oklahoma's No. 1 city into a NBA-crazy town.

The Thunder increased their lead to 111-101 on a 360-degree layup by Oladipo with 2:07 to play that gave Westbrook his 10th assist and clinched his triple-double. Durant said on the Bill Simmons podcast this week that he still has love for all the people there, including Russell Westbrook, the arena staff, everyone.

Before returning to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant took to the airwaves (in an attempt) to set the record straight - or, at least, smooth out a runway ahead of his arrival in Loud City. The next two games take place in OKC, with the interesting wrinkle that these latest National Basketball Association rumors provide information about additional armed security being present. They are even coming off a 109-118 win over the Cavaliers.

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Adams finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

There's an emotional component to matchups with Golden State. Now that the Thunder has responded in such a monster manner against the defending champs, the Golden State date now looks a little different. In his three previous games, OKC's second-year backup point guard scored a combined total of only 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Westbrook fell one assist shy of his 26th triple-double of the campaign - his 25 are the most in a single season since Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain posted 31 in 1967-68 - in the loss to the Pacers. In seven months working with Durant, he has come to appreciate the future Hall of Famer for far more than basketball. There's been many a teammates that I had here before that left me, and they're my brothers - that I still talk to do and that I don't talk to. Longtime OKC forward Nick Collison said he rarely keeps in touch with Durant anymore. "He is the one of the pieces that gives us hope".

To understand Thunder fans' heartache, there has to be an understanding of Oklahoma City's dynamic.

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"Nah, I mean it's kind of up to them", Westbrook said.



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