Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Thunder 119, Warriors 109

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Steinmetz's Instant Replay: Thunder 119, Warriors 109

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Thunder 119, Warriors 109Player of the game: Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and Oklahoma City stayed comfortably ahead for most of the second half.Key stretch: The Thunder was in control most of the night, and always strung a few buckets together when it needed to. The last time Oklahoma City did that was in the fourth quarter after the Warriors had come back to within 105-98.But the Thunder (8-3) scored on four of their next five possessions, and next thing you know OKC was back up 115-102 with three minutes remaining.Durant had a couple of 3-pointers in that stretch to keep Oklahoma City in charge.Where Warriors are: The loss, Golden States seventh in a row in Oklahoma City, dropped the Warriors to 5-5 on the season overall, and theyre 1-1 on their current three-game road trip. The trip ends on Monday in Dallas.The Warriors beat the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday.Curry-Westbrook matchup: In a point guard matchup between young and upcoming players, Stephen Curry struggled against Westbrook.Curry was 2-for-8 from the field in the first half, while Westbrook made 7-of-13.Curry did have a nice stretch in the fourth quarter, helping the Warriors during a run, but Westbrook was the more consistent player for nearly all of the game. Westbrook finished with 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting seven assists, five steals and just one turnover.Curry had 22 points on 9-for-17 from the field and six assists and two turnovers. Its not that Curry played badly. He didnt. Its just that Westbrook was the more impactful player.Hung in early: The Warriors got down seven a few times in the first quarter, once when they were trailing 20-13. But from then on, and into the midway part of the second quarter, the Warriors were right there with the Thunder.But after the Warriors pulled within two at 38-36, Oklahoma City went on a 12-2 run, with buckets from multiple players, to take control.The Thunder went into halftime up 59-46. Westbrook, Durant and Martin, who finished with 23 points in 31 minutes, carried Oklahoma City in the first half. Westbrook had 16 points, four assists and three steals, and had Stephen Curry on his heels most of the half.Curry was 2-for-8 at halftime, for five points, two turnovers and an assist.Durant had 13 points in the half and Martin 12 at halftime. The Warriors starters struggled against the Thunders starters, but rookies Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green did some nice things.

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

Source: Warriors contact Turner Sports about Shaq's abuse of McGee

OAKLAND -- Mess with one Warrior, you mess with the entire organization.

That’s the message the Warriors sent out Friday in the wake of a Twitter beef between center JaVale McGee and TNT analyst Shaquille ONeal that began late Thursday night and carried into the wee hours Friday morning.

Coach Steve Kerr fired back at O’Neal, as did Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors, as a franchise, contacted O’Neal’s bosses.

Kerr spent a portion of his post-practice news conference Friday afternoon defending McGee from O’Neal’s relentless ridicule on the video segment “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Durant said O’Neal’s ongoing critiques are “childish,” adding that O’Neal was a great player with his own imperfections.

Prior to the comments by Durant and Kerr, though, it was confirmed by CSNBayArea.com that the Warriors contacted Turner Sports in hopes of getting TNT’s parent company to persuade O’Neal to curb the constant derision directed toward McGee because of its impact on his image and reputation.

The outreach was a direct response to a roughly two-minute segment Thursday night that was strictly limited to castigating McGee.

Upon getting wind of Durant’s comments, O’Neal turned to Twitter to tell Durant that McGee is a “bum” and to “mind yo business.”

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

Durant defends JaVale, blasts Shaq: 'He didn’t have any skill'

OAKLAND -- The long-simmering acrimony between retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and Warriors center JaVale McGee reached epic proportions late Thursday night and early Friday morning when the two engaged in a Twitter beef.

By Friday afternoon, Kevin Durant was stepping into the fray. He didn’t bother with Twitter, instead speaking his mind and firing verbal grenades at Shaq.

“JaVale works extremely hard,” Durant said after practice. “He has come in here and done so much for us as a player. He only wants to be respected, just like anybody else. And I understand that Shaq works for a company that wants him to do that type of stuff, and make fun of players. It’s cool and funny.

“But when you just keep doing it time and time and time again, for no reason, and then a guy actually disagrees with you? And you threaten him? I didn’t know cops could threaten civilians like that.”

O’Neal currently is a reserve police officer in Doral, Fla. He also has served in that capacity in several other cities.

The latest O’Neal-McGee spat began when O’Neal, now an analyst at TNT who frequently targets McGee for ridicule, presented a video Thursday night that mocked McGee. It was very personal.

McGee took offense and responded on Twitter, which led to the two men exchanging insults, with McGee accusing O’Neal of “cooning,” and O’Neal calling McGee “dumb” and threatening to “smack the s--t out” of McGee.

Though McGee was not available Friday, he was sharply defended by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Durant.

“It’s definitely childish,” Durant said. “But that’s what they want from these stars and these retired players, is to feud with the guys that are playing now and make arguments and disagreements. If I was JaVale, I’d feel the same way. It’s childish.

“Shaq wants to make a joke about it, but if it was him in that position, he would feel the same way.

“Everybody can’t be Shaq. He’s trying to make his money and enjoy the game of basketball, and his perception of him is that he’s a ‘dumb’ player because he makes mistakes on the court. Shaq was a sh---y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He air-balled free throws. He couldn’t shoot outside the paint. He was bigger than everybody. He didn’t have any skill. But he was bigger and stronger than everybody.”

Durant then turned his head and seemed to speak directly to O’Neal.

“He was still a great player, but you had your flaws too as a player,” he said. “And you played on five of six teams, too. So it’s not like you’re this perfect center. You had your flaws too. Like I said, I didn’t know cops could go on Twitter and threaten civilians like that. I’m glad JaVale challenged him.”

Kerr, who has known O’Neal for more than 20 years, also came to McGee’s defense.

“I don’t blame him for being frustrated,” he said Kerr. “Shaq’s been picking on him for years and years and years. And JaVale, rightfully so, probably gets frustrated. It never ends. And it’s one thing to just have a little fun, but you can go a little bit over the top.

“It’s one of those things. If you think about JaVale’s career, when you’re in this position where someone is on national TV making fun of you night after night, it’s not the greatest thing for your reputation.

“I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on with Shaq’s ‘Shaqtin’ A Fool’ thing.”

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Shaq responded to Durant Friday on Twitter, writing "@KDTrey5 mind yo business this ain't for you," and "@KDTrey5 I understand u sticking up for your teammate that's cool but your boy @JaValeMcGee34 is still a bum, he started it I'm a finish it."