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Warriors, Thunder clash at Oracle

(SportsNetwork.com) - The last time the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors met at Oracle Arena, Kevin Durant scored 30 in the first half, then never returned.

Durant sprained his ankle in the Dec. 18 game and the Warriors prevailed, 114-109.

On Monday, the rematch occurs.

The Warriors own the NBA's best record at 26-5 and have won three straight. The Thunder are vying for the eighth seed in the Western Conference after injuries to Durant and Russell Westbrook set them back. OKC has won two straight.

Golden State is in the midst of a six-game homestand, which will see the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers come to the Bay Area. Thus far, the Warriors are 3-0 with wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.

On Friday, the Warriors toppled the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors, 126-105.

Stephen Curry had 32 points and 12 assists to lead the Warriors.

Toronto trailed by as many as 23 in the second half, but pulled within 110-101 after Lou Williams knocked down a pair of jumpers with five minutes remaining.

Golden State, though, answered with 14 straight points to put the game away.

Curry, who had 10 points during the surge, capped it with consecutive 3- pointers for a 124-101 advantage with 1:38 to go.

Draymond Green posted his first career triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, Marreese Speights tallied 26 points and eight rebounds and Klay Thompson netted 20 points for Golden State.

"We could go down the list tonight, everybody played well," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Golden State has won 11 in a row at home with its only setback in Oracle Arena coming on Nov. 11 versus the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder's recent run came at home with an overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and a 109-102 win against the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Durant posted 34 points with eight rebounds to lead the Thunder over the Wizards. Westbrook checked in with 22 points and six assists, while Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

With the game tied at 95-95 and under five minutes to go, Durant buried a 3- pointer from the top of the arc. He then hit a step-back jumper two possessions later for a 100-95 lead, prompting a Washington timeout with 3:23 left.

Out of the huddle, Nene hit a mid-range jumper prior to Westbrook slashing through the lane for a layup.

Durant really put the pressure on the visitors after each team exchanged misses, converting an alley-oop layup with Paul Pierce draped all over him at 1:42. He hit the ensuing free throw, then Washington responded with five straight points to cut it to three.

Westbrook stole an errant pass from John Wall with 28.9 seconds left, missed the layup due to some trailing defense from Wall, but Ibaka was there to clean up the rebound. Westbrook then hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.

"I was pleased with the win," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "As the game went along, we really locked in during that fourth quarter."

The Warriors won both of this season's matchups and the two teams will collide again in 11 days in Oklahoma City.

The two teams have split the last six meetings at Oracle Arena.