Thunder All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant exchanged words during Oklahoma City's 112-77 blowout loss to San Antonio in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday.
Cameras caught Westbrook pointing to his head with both hands and yelling in Durant's direction just before halftime. The exchange came during the decisive sequence, as the Spurs put together a 22-8 run to close the second quarter and set up a second half that was filled with garbage time.
"I was just getting on Kevin about some stuff and he got on me right back," Westbrook said afterwards. "That's what teammates do, that's what leaders do, we get on each other, we come back and we talk about it and then we come out like nothing ever happened."
Durant took the blame for the big loss, admitting that he had made a series of defensive mistakes during San Antonio's second-quarter push, which included two quick three-pointers by Danny Green and another three-pointer from Manu Ginobili.
"I messed the game up at the end of the second quarter," he said. "I got hit on the screen and Danny Green got open for a three, I over-helped, and he got another three, and then Ginobili hit the three. All those plays was on me. It was my fault and I take full responsibility for it. Wish they wouldn't have happened. I can't get them back now, but I'll take that one. As I said, we shouldn't have been down that much at halftime, but I made three bonehead plays."
Both Durant (15 points on 6-for-16 shooting) and Westbrook (15 points on 7-for-24 shooting) struggled in Game 2, and they had little help. Oklahoma City's other three starters combined for four points on 2-for-9 shooting.
Facing a 2-0 series deficit and reeling a bit from back-to-back blowout losses, Thunder coach Scott Brooks didn't sound too concerned about the exchange involving his stars.
"We got frustrated with one another because we gave up the three threes," he said. "Those are the type of frustrations that I like in a basketball team. It's on the defensive end. We gave up some threes, and we wanted to make sure that did not happen going forward. It happens with every team. Kevin and Russell obviously have a lot of respect for one another. ... We have to do a better job of closing quarters. We talked about this going into the series. We have to play solid basketball every possession, every minute, and San Antonio, they always do a good job of closing out quarters."
Game 3 is set for Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday.