Thunder vs. Warriors final score: Thunder blow out Warriors, final score 116-97

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The Thunder dominated the Warriors and put the game away before the fourth quarter was underway, led by Kevin Durant's near triple-double.

The Oklahoma City Thunder put on a scoring clinic against the Golden State Warriors in the second-half of TNT's doubleheader to win 116-97. With their victory the Thunder moved a half-game ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the Western Conference.

Kevin Durant dominated every facet of the game for OKC, scoring a game-high 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing eight assists. Durant fell short of the triple-double, but for good reason, as coach Scott Brooks kept his minute-count at 30 and had Durant on the bench through the fourth quarter.

Kevin Martin had a huge game off the bench, scoring 23 points and scorching the nets from beyond the arc making four of his five three-point attempts. Russell Westbrook scored 18 points and added nine assists.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points. Klay Thompson made only two of his 10 field-goal attempts and finished with six points. More importantly for the Warriors, Andrew Bogut sprained his ankle and played only nine minutes in the game. Jarrett Jack scored 19 points off the bench.

This game had Western Conference playoff implications for both teams, as the Warriors fight to maintain a lead over the seventh-seed Houston Rockets in the season's waning week. With the loss they now have only a half-game separating them from the Rockets, and head to Los Angeles for the second half of their back-to-back to face a desperate Los Angeles Lakers team: a tough turnaround after getting the roof blown off by the Thunder.

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