(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Playing against a former teammate in the postseason is not an easy thing, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook managed to get it done.
Durant scored 24 points, Westbrook finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the Thunder routed James Harden and the Houston Rockets 120-91 in Game 1 of their playoff series.
“It felt a little awkward just looking across there during the national anthem and seeing him with another team, but we’ve got to get past that. We’re competing against his team, and he wants to win so bad,” Durant said when asked about going up against Harden. “We know him personally, so we know how hard he competes and he knows how hard we compete.”
Harden scored 20 points for the Rockets, who kept things interesting until late in the second quarter. The Thunder went on a 14-1 run before halftime and never looked back.
“We didn’t have a rhythm as a team. I felt like it was basically one on five every time,” Harden said.
Game 2 is set for Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN