Steven Adams showed off his football skills as his Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95 yesterday.
During a break of play, Adams showed a first touch that Zinedine Zidane would've been proud of, stopping the ball dead on his foot.
A clip of the video was subsequently shared on social media and retweeted by Adams himself.
In the victory over the NBA champions, Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season in a game in which Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left with an apparent left leg injury.
Diallo's left leg was stabilised as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko's missed layup when they both went down hard.
Westbrook began one for six, then hit stride, finishing with 11 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. It was his second game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, then another when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday night.
Paul George had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Adams contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder sent the two-time defending NBA champions to their first four-game skid in nearly six years.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 points apiece with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were again playing without All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as well as key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.
Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.
In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor. He made both his three-point tries on the way to 18 points.
Westbrook's three-pointer 4:17 before halftime put the Thunder ahead 50-37. The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 in their season opener Oct. 16 and had won the last three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with just 11 assists to 10 turnovers but opened the third with a 13-2 run to get within 62-59.
While Golden State dropped 10 of its final 17 games last season, the Warriors hadn't endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season since dropping four in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. They also lost six straight just before that in February '13. OKC's Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first with a sprained left ankle and didn't return.
- with AP