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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel west to face the Golden State Warriors in what is widely considered a showdown in the western conference.
Kevin Durant and the Thunder will look to improve their NBA-best 33-9 record and Durant will be a big piece of that effort. The Thunder are looking for their eighth win in their last nine on Wednesday night and will look to put away the Warriors for the sixth straight time.
Durant has been unstoppable on the offensive end of the hardwood and leads the league with 29.5 points per game. During the last six games Durant is averaging 39.5 points and shooting a remarkable 51.4 percent from the floor and impressive 42.0 percent from the three point line.
The focus on Durant has not been lost on Golden State's players given that he has averaged 33.6 points over his last eight visits to Oracle Arena.
"I think he's the most talented offensive player in the league," Golden State guard Jarrett Jack said during a press conference.
"Definitely size-wise, he presents a matchup problem with him being (6-foot-9). He's basically Dirk Nowitzki, but with better ball handling. He's a tough cover, but I think we have the guy that can make his looks difficult," he added.
Golden State is also in possession of an emerging scoring star in Stephen Curry who is currently second in the NBA shooting 46.4 percent from behind the arc. He also been averaging 24.6 points while hitting 53.7 percent of 3-point attempt in the last five games
"When you start to talk about elite point guards in this league ... as far as shooting the long ball, Stef is by far the best at his position," Jack said. "Playing with him on a regular basis I've got a better appreciation for him."
Tip-off for the game is at 10:30 p.m. ET and can be watched online here.