Oklahoma City's Westbrook and Golden State's Draymond Green also got technicals after getting caught in the middle.
The Warriors have won all three of the previous meetings this season by considerable scores, but the Warriors are still without their star forward, Kevin Durant and it could be an excellent chance for the Thunder to capitalize and extend their current win streak to six. With technical fouls galore and enough chippy moments to bake a batch of cookies, the Warriors triumphed over the Thunder 111-95. "We literally had one guy rest tonight, and everybody else was reasonably injured, so I don't feel like we did anything terribly egregious".
The Warriors seemed set to continue their recent slide on Saturday, as they trailed by 14 in the first quarter of their game against the Bucks.
NOTES: Late Sunday night, ESPN.com posted a report using anonymous sources that Golden State was unhappy with the Oklahoma City organization in how they allowed fans to treat F Kevin Durant when the teams played February 11.
He now has 34 triple-doubles through 70 games this season and needs to post seven in the Thunder's final 12 games to tie National Basketball Association legend Oscar Robertson's single-season record.
When tempers settled, Curry responded in the most characteristic way possible: He drilled a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. The presumptive MVP finished with a meager line of 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five turnovers, and a game-worst plus-minus of -25.
Arkansas hurt by controversial calls against North Carolina
After the Tar Heels scored the first 4 points of the second half, Arkansas went on to outscore UNC 9-2 to pull to within 2 points. It looked like a charge, and if it wasn't, it was a blocking foul that should've required free throws, not a tip-in.
Losers of three straight at this time a week ago, the Warriors were admittedly in a funk. "Shots didn't fall. We had some open shots that didn't fall, and they made shots as well". There were no punches, but Draymond Green went after Westbrook and Christon in an effort to shoo them away. "A few mishaps defensively, but we'll be all right". "We have to approach it with what's in our control, and that's trying to find a way to keep them on the team".
And when it comes to MVPs, Stephen Curry knows a thing or two.
Thunder: Westbrook's technical was his 15th of the season.
The Thunder eventually showed some life with a 13-3 run early in the third quarter to get within 12 points, but Taj Gibson missed a pair of free throws that would've brought the Thunder within 10.
Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast.