OKLAHOMA CITY _ That feud that started last season between Oklahoma City All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook apparently have legs again.
And it could work in the Dallas Mavericks’ favor when the two teams collide tonight at 7 in Oklahome City.
In the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-95 win in Memphis on Wednesday, Westbrook got visibly upset and cursed at guard Thabo Sefolosha when he passed him the ball and Sefolosha passed up a wide open three-point shot.
Shortly thereafter, Sefolosha and other Thunder players attempted to calm Westbrook down while the two players were on the bench. Then, when Durant came over to calm down Westbrook, the two mega-stars began shouting at each other.
While Westbrook had already left the locker room by the time it was open to the media after the game, Durant tried to diffuse the situation.
“We’re going to disagree sometimes, like I’ve always been saying,” Durant said. “But I’m behind him 110 percent, and he’s the same way with me.
“And you seen when we came on the floor we clicked and everything started to work from there.”
Last year there was tension between Westbrook and Durant when the former was accused of hogging the ball and taking too many shots in Game 4 of the Thunder’s opening-round playoff series against Denver.
In that game, Westbrook attempted 30 shots to 18 for Durant, who was the leading scorer in the NBA last year.
In Wednesday’s contest against Memphis, Westbrook was 0-of-13 from the field and finished with four points, four turnovers and six assists.
The Mavs (0-2) are hoping to catch the Thunder (3-0) in the middle of their family feud when they face Oklahoma City at 7 tonight in Oklahoma.
-- Dwain Price
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