Oklahoma City had the firepower. Now it has a signature victory to go along with it.


The addition of Paul George, left, and Carmelo Anthony have given the Thunder enough firepower to contend in the Western Conference. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The difference between the two visits the Golden State Warriors made here last season and the one they made Wednesday were easy to see. Gone was the cauldron of intensity and anger that awaited the Warriors – and, specifically, this state’s former favorite son Kevin Durant. In its place was a more typical – though still vocal – home fan base.

Part of that change can undeniably be traced back to the simple passage of time, which allows for the memories from Durant’s eight spectacular seasons here to transcend the bitterness associated with his departure. But a larger part comes from the obvious differences in the team Durant left behind a year ago to the one that resides here today – differences that were obvious to anyone watching Wednesday night as the Thunder routed the Warriors, 108-91, in front of a sellout crowd here at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Gone are the days when the Thunder and Warriors would step on the court with Golden State holding a massive talent advantage. Thanks to the arrival of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in a

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