The Thunder and Warriors could meet in the second round of the playoffs, so OKC needed to know they could win.
With 5.3 seconds remaining before halftime, a scuffle broke out between Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder's Semaj Christon.
Two of the best in the League got into a heated tussle during a ball-up with just second left in the second quarter of their clash, after Curry got tangled up with one of Westbrook's teammates.
"I think Curry tried to get into it with Semaj, and tried to push him, and I stepped in right between", Westbrook said.
Curry, Westbrook, Christon, and Draymond Green were all given technical fouls.
Oklahoma City's Westbrook and Golden State's Draymond Green also got technicals after getting caught in the middle.
Thus, things got a tad chippy on Monday night as the two teams squared off once again in OKC despite the fact that the Warriors were playing sans Durant, who is still recovering from a knee injury.
For his final act, Curry sprinted off the court and into the locker room, rubbing in the Warriors' 20-point lead. He will make you pay for it, three points at a time. Against a much larger Thunder roster, helmed by Steven Adams, Taj Gibson, and Enes Kanter, the Warriors held their own on the boards, with JaVale McGee tapping out what felt like every other miss for an offensive board and David West walling off the paint when he was on the floor. "Just one of those nights", he said. "Shots didn't fall. They made shots as well".
"We lost Thompson a few times in transition", Donovan said. "We have had to adjust a little bit with (Durant) being out, but they are great".
It helps when they're very, very open. We knew he would come out attacking.
The Warriors play tomorrow night in Dallas in a matchup that will determine familial bragging rights, as Steph Curry and the Dubs will face red-hot Seth Curry and the Mavs.
"That's it. Once I see something going down with my teammates, I'm hopping in".
"Um, nah", Thunder guard Victor Oladipo said when I asked if the loss was frustrating.
Thankfully, after a day of reflection, Oklahoma City will conclude its mini home-stand vs. 26-win Philadelphia.
Utilizing Durant, the Warriors destroyed the helpless Thunder three times in the season's first few months.
He now has 34 triple-doubles through 70 games this season and needs to post seven in the Thunder's final 12 games to tie National Basketball Association legend Oscar Robertson's single-season record. While he didn't pull down the rebound, he was able to tip the loose balls out to Thompson, who made the Thunder pay with several shots from behind the arc.