Kevin Durant Says Confrontation With Russell Westbrook Was "Not Real"

1:44Play     Take a look back at Kevin Durant's return to OKC last season

Westbrook sparked the Thunder with his energy and seemed to direct a lot of it at Durant. As all three players have been their team's first option, Westbrook has especially gone out of his way to ensure his new teammates are comfortable.

The two jawed at each other during their previous encounter in Oklahoma City a year ago and continued their feud on this occasion as things got heated.

Durant was often portrayed as a misunderstood or enigmatic or aloof star early on, but I think by now we can say for sure that he is fairly simple to decipher on at least one front: he's the type of star who feeds off of what others are saying about him. Brodie finished one assist shy of a triple-double, totaling 34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals on 13-of-27 shooting. They kicked our (expletive), they played a great game. You should give them credit for how they played, and we should be better. On the court I have no friends. On a number of occasions, Westbrook was very animated, while not directly talking to Durant, but yelling about plays.

And so it will go for the rest of this year - the teams play two more times before the playoffs - and we should be thankful for it.

The game comes at a point in the season where both the Warriors and the Thunder have been, in their own ways, struggling a bit out of the gate. However, all the talk after the game was about his confrontation with Russ in the above video and, to no one's surprise, Durant tried to downplay the severity of the exchange.

Despite all of the tension between the two former teammates, Durant reminded reporters that it should be about the game, not about their scuffle.

Durant: "The story's about the game". Then they play the Kings on Monday before starting a six-game road trip in Los Angeles next week.

"It's OKC.It's the same atmosphere that they've always had, so we wouldn't expect anything different". All that aside, KD is claiming that his supposed beef with Russ "is not real, so please don't believe it".

Thunder: Westbrook had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first quarter. All the fans, they lying to y'all.

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