Pachulia had a hard check on Westbrook in the last seconds of the first half as he came around an Enes Kanter screen. The triple-double menace didn’t realize the Warriors center was standing over him as he hit the floor until after the game.
“I don’t play that game,” Westbrook told reporters post-game. “I’m gonna get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.”
Pachulia went back to what ignited the incident to begin with.
“First of all, I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” Pachulia told Alex Didion of KNBR. “He elbowed me right (before the) previous play before I gave him a hard foul. He elbowed me. He lost the ball and threw the elbow in my face. We went on the fast break, Steph (Curry) had the layup and here they come and that’s when I took the hard foul.
“So it was kind of payback from my side. Like I said, a lot of people didn’t know that. I didn’t talk about it. I think it’s fair for me to say now.”
Pachulia was assessed a Flagrant 1 foul following the play, but was not fined further for the action, even after going under review from the league.
These two teams are slated to meet twice again this season, including February 11th at Chesapeake Energy Arena, which will also mark Kevin Durant’s first game back in Oklahoma City since signing with the Warriors in the offseason.
“After the game he made comments and I made my comments,” Pachulia said. “I said ‘I’ll be there, I’ll definitely be there in OKC.’ So whatever he wants to do, I’ll be on the court.”
The league is likely to send a warning with to the officiating crew for that game in an attempt to prevent further incidents. Westbrook is leading the Thunder in fines as well as technical fouls, so further penalties could be costly for the point guard.