Kevin Durant, seen here in January, and his former teammate Andre Roberson exchanged words Saturday in Oklahoma City. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors thrive in front of angry OKC crowd

After the Oklahoma City Thunder drained back-to-back 3-pointers late in the third quarter on Saturday night, Russ Westbrook had some rare words for Kevin Durant, his estranged former teammate.

“I’m coming. I’m coming,” Westbrook insisted, as the pair of superstars backtracked to the respective benches for a timeout.

The consecutive triples cut the Golden State Warriors’ advantage to 18 points, but even as Westbrook dropped 47 points, the hosts never came closer than 12 in the eventual 130-114 win for the Dubs.

In his first trip back to the Chesapeake Energy Arena since Game 6 of last summer’s Western Conference finals, Durant overcame a 2-for-8 start from the field, ending his night with 34 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

“[It was] kind of a strange event,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. “You’ve got people who you know love you deep down, but they’re screaming and yelling and calling you names. That’s kind of a weird, weird feeling but he handled it beautifully and played a great game.”

The crowd at Oklahoma City’s home court was littered with fans holding signs that mocked their one-time hero — many of which featured cupcakes, a Thunder synonym for a soft player. The fans also serenaded Durant with a “cupcake” cheer.

“I actually thought it would be a little bit louder,” Durant told the ESPN broadcast after the win. “But, you know, it was fun. I was on the other side of it. To become one of these guys now where they boo you is kind of fun. So, I’ve got to embrace it.”

Aside from his jawing with Westbrook, Durant also went forehead-to-forehead with Andre Roberson after his ex-teammates fouled him on an attempted layup late in the third. Both players were assessed technicals.

“I loved it,” Draymond Green told reporters of the exchanges between Durant and his old colleagues. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Green, who wore a cupcake shirt he received from a fan during his postgame press conference, was also embroiled in a heated dialogue. The two-time All-Star forward had words with a fan behind the bench, who Green claimed used foul language and told Warriors players to “get over there little boy.”

“Nah, this ain’t ancient times,” Green said. “Like, slave days are over. You’re not going to talk to me like that. That’s disrespectful.”

(H/T @cjzero)

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