NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 6th (All times eastern)
Oklahoma City Thunder (28-21) at Golden State Warriors (13-35), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Kevin Durant is one of the top scorers in the NBA and will try to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fifth straight win tonight against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena.
Durant is averaging 29.7 points per game and recorded 30 in Wednesday's 103-99 victory at New Orleans in the opener of a three-game road trip. Durant, who is averaging 34.5 ppg in his last four contests, posted his 23rd consecutive game with 25 points or more.
Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and hit a crucial jumper with 13.7 seconds left for Oklahoma City, which has won four in a row and is 13-11 as the guest this season.
"I think we did a good job as a team by defending well, getting rebounds and hitting clutch shots," Westbrook said. "That's a good team over there. They did a good job of fighting back. I try to be aggressive, defend and try to help my team out."
The Thunder will also visit Portland on the road swing.
Golden State will try to put the brakes on a seven-game slide when they kick off a three-game homestand Saturday versus the Thunder, Mavericks and Clippers. It is 9-13 in Oakland this season and dropped every test on a three- game road trip, including a 110-101 setback at Dallas.
Monta Ellis posted a career-best 46 points on 17-of-23 shooting and Corey Maggette returned from a one-game absence due to a hip pointer to record 20 points and nine boards in defeat. C.J. Watson scored 14 points off the bench.
"That was a remarkable performance by Monta," said Warriors head coach Don Nelson, who is now just 11 wins away from breaking Lenny Wilkens all-time record. "He didn't have a great supporting cast, but he fought and kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."
Ellis has scored 30-plus points in 20 of his past 35 games, and his 26.5 points is second among Western Conference guards, trailing only Kobe Bryant (27.9). He is one of only four Western Conference players averaging 20-plus points, four-plus rebounds and five-plus assists this season.
Nelson is the second-winningest coach in NBA history (1,322), trailing only Wilkens (1,332).
Oklahoma City has won the first two matchups of the season with Golden State and five of the previous seven meetings.
02/06 10:40:45 ET