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Warriors rout Thunder in Kevin Durant's absence, sweep season series
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Warriors rout Thunder in Kevin Durant's absence, sweep season series

The Warriors did Kevin Durant's dirty work for him, routing his old team in Oklahoma City and taking the season series.

The Warriors did Kevin Durant's dirty work for him, routing his old team in Oklahoma City and taking the season series with a 111-95 win Monday night. 

In all four games against the Thunder this season, Golden State has led by at least 25 points in each game. Playing with Durant still on the mend Monday, the Warriors played one of their best games since the former MVP went down with a knee injury Feb. 28. 

Klay Thompson (34 points) and Stephen Curry (23) led the way for the Warriors, playing with focus and raw emotion, which sparked an on-court scuffle just before halftime as Curry became aggravated with the Thunder's Semaj Christon before a jump ball. 


Thompson and Curry combined to score four more points than the Thunder starters (57-53) en route to moving to 10-1 in regular-season games against the Thunder under Steve Kerr.

The 16-point Warriors win ended Oklahoma City's five-game winning streak and gave the Warriors an extra half-game lead atop the Western Conference over the idle Spurs.

Oklahoma City is now tied with the Grizzlies for the sixth seed. 

Stud of the night

James Harden scored 39 points, including a coast-to-coast game-winner with two seconds remaining against the Nuggets. The MVP candidate added 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals in the 125-124 win. 

Dud of the night

John Wall was expected to bring his best in the latest installment of a growing rivalry with the Celtics but the hobbled point guard wasn’t in All-Star form. Dealing with a foot injury, Wall had more turnovers (five) than baskets made (four) while registering a minus-21 in a 110-102 loss. 

Highlight

The Pacers' Glenn Robinson III showed his exciting moves aren't limited to dunking with this buzzer-beating 32-footer in a win over the Jazz. 


What's next

Warriors (56-14) at Mavericks (30-39), 8:30 p.m. ET — Golden State will have little time to celebrate a win over the Thunder as the team heads south to Dallas in the second game of a back-to-back. 

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