NBA: Russell Westbrook vows retribution after hard foul during loss to Golden State

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook lies on the ground after being fouled by Golden State Warriors centre Zaza Pachulia, during their NBA game on Jan 18, 2017.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook lies on the ground after being fouled by Golden State Warriors centre Zaza Pachulia, during their NBA game on Jan 18, 2017. PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(Reuters) - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook offered a warning that he will seek retribution for a hard foul on him on Wednesday by Golden State's Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia delivered a flagrant foul on Westbrook late in the second quarter of the Warriors' 121-100 rout of the Thunder, striking the guard in the face as he attempted a shot then appearing to stand over him as he lay on the court.

"I'm going to get his a** back," Westbrook told reporters. "I didn't see that (he stood over me) until just now. I'm going to get his a** back ... whenever that is, I don't know when it's going to be, but I don't play that game."

Tensions were high in the game, the second between the two sides since Kevin Durant left Oklahoma for Golden State in the off-season.

Westbrook notched a triple-double of 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists but was on the losing side as Durant scored 40 points.

The two players appeared to exchange brief words during the third quarter though Westbrook indicated they are still not on speaking terms following the game.