The Warriors made a statement Saturday, dismantling the Thunder 112-80 at Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points with five rebounds, and Stephen Curry added 21 points with nine rebounds and six assists. The Warriors outscored the Thunder by 25 points in the second half.
Oracle is lit! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PwurZDdgRk
— ESPN (@espn) February 25, 2018
Nick Young came off the bench to score 16 points, draining 4 of 5 shots from beyond the arc. Draymond Green scored 10 points with eight assists and five rebounds.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points apiece, while Paul George struggled with just five points on 1-of-14 shooting.
The Warriors pulled even with the Rockets atop the Western Conference standings with the convincing win. Golden State outscored the Thunder in every quarter, proving they can still stifle people on defense.
Stud of the Night
Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in a 121-112 win over the Knicks. Irving, also adding two steals, helped the Celtics (42-19) earn their third straight win.
76ers center Joel Embiid scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds in a 116-105 win over the Magic. Averaging a double-double this season, Embiid has become one of the most consistent and dangerous post players in the league.
Dud of the Night
Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen has enjoyed a great season, but the sweet-shooting 7-footer scored just three points on 1-of-8 shooting in 32 minutes of action in a 122-104 loss to the Timberwolves. Markkanen, averaging 15 points per game, has now had two straight poor shooting nights.
The Heat stepped away from basketball to remember those affected by the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Dwyane Wade and the @MiamiHEAT remember those affected by the recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. pic.twitter.com/sd6GbzgJzq
— NBA (@NBA) February 25, 2018
Tyler Johnson led the Heat with 23 points in a 115-89 win over the Grizzlies.
Rockets (45-13) at Nuggets (33-26) 8:00 p.m. ET — Denver, winners in 10 of their last 13 games, hosts a Rockets team riding an 11-game winning streak. The combination of James Harden and Chris Paul has been too much for opposing teams, and Clint Capela’s emergence in the paint has moved Houston into elite status. The Rockets are tied atop the Western Conference standings, but the Nuggets have the most underrated player in the league in Nikola Jokic, who has recorded three straight triple-doubles.