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Kevin Durant goes off for 39 points to shut down Russell Westbrook and the Thunder

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Thunder (4-1) 96, Warriors (4-1) 122

Kevin Durant stole the show in his first meeting with Russell Westbrook since departing the Thunder in the summer as the 2014 MVP dropped a game-high 39 points on his former team.

KD added seven rebounds during his standout performance as he went 7-of-11 from three-point range. His old running buddy Westbrook tallied up a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists, but it was Victor Oladipo who led the way for the Thunder with 21 points.

It was a far from warm reception for Durant; the forward wasn't greeted by any of his former teammates before tip-off at the Oracle and furthermore, he and Westbrook didn't even make eye contact. Still, Durant had the last laugh with a stellar performance and even some trash talk with Enes Kanter couldn't throw him off.

Celtics (3-2) 122, Cavaliers (5-0) 128

Surprise, surprise. LeBron James put on another basketball clinic as the Cavaliers dispatched one of their true Eastern Conference rivals to not only move to 5-0 for the season, but become the only unbeaten franchise in the entire league.

King James put up 30 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists and was helped by big contributions from the other two of Cleveland's 'Big 3'. Kevin Love dropped 28 points while Kyrie Irving had 23 and a double-double from Tristan Thompson played its part too.

For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley combined for 56 points, but one has to wonder how different this one could have been if Al Horford would have played. Rookie Jaylen Brown had a fine night as the third overall pick tallied 19 points with three steals.

Pacers (2-3) 107, Bucks (3-2) 125

Milwaukee's forward pair of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo were the difference makers in this one as the duo both registered 27 points, but it was the latter who truly stole the show.

The Greek Freak managed to get the better of Paul George, who had 23 points, also recorded seven rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks. Antetokounmpo also scored all of his 27 points without dropping a single three-pointer.

PG13 could match his opponent's defensive stat line, but Thaddeus Young was ineffective on the night and Myles Turner could only manage two boards to leave Indiana comfortably off the pace.

Nuggets (2-2) 102, Timberwolves (1-3) 99

The Tom Thibodeau era in Minnesota continues to get off to a rocky start as the trio of Danilo Gallinari, Jusuf Nurkic and Wilson Chandler tallied 57 points to help the Nuggets to a 2-2 record.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 11 rebounds in addition to Andrew Wiggins' 25 points, but, in truth, Denver led the way from start to finish.

Although their two standout stars managed big games, the Timberwolves were under 40 percent from the field as a whole and nearly 10 percent less efficient than the Nuggets.

Kings (2-4) 94, Magic (2-3) 102

DeMarcus Cousins continues to show everyone what a beast he truly is with 33 points and seven rebounds last night, but 29 points from Evan Fournier, 17 points from Serge Ibaka and some stellar defensive contributions from Bismack Biyombo sealed Sacramento's fate.

The Magic had more assists and more rebounds than their visitors and
certainly looked more like a fluid team than the Kings.

Although Sacramento possess a standout star in Cousins, working on defence and finding him so adequte support past Rudy Gay surely remains a priority for coach Dave Joerger.

Topics:
NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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