OAKLAND -- The Warriors have been angling for that early-season statement, to announce their presence among the legit with trumpets and fireworks.

No, a 5-3 start, even with five of them being road games, didn't do the trick. And road wins over Philadelphia and Minnesota weren't quite worthy of a collar pop.

But beating Oklahoma City ... that might do it. Especially before a national TV audience.

"We're 0-3 against some of our 'foes' at the top of the Western Conference," backup big man Jermaine O'Neal said after Wednesday's practice. "So it's important to come out and have a good showing on our home court. It's time for us ... we've been there. We have to find a way to win games against teams I'm sure we're going to see in the playoffs."

Golden State has a few elements arguably working to its advantage. After a showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, the Thunder will be playing its second game in two nights when it visits Oracle Arena. And Oklahoma City is expected to be without starting center Kendrick Perkins, whose grandfather passed away.

On top of that, the Warriors have clicked at home on both ends of the court. They've dominated the three inferior opponents (Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento, Detroit) with the certainty you'd expect from a team claiming to be a contender.

Golden State has led by at least 27 in each home game and won all three by double digits, the first time that's been done in 23 years.

Still, this is the Thunder. One of the most talented teams in the West and the favorite of many to reach the NBA Finals. Oklahoma City has megastar Kevin Durant, who has made many good teams look as if they weren't ready for prime time.

"We haven't seen anything like him in the history of this game, in my opinion," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Durant.

And the NBA MVP candidate has his sidekick, Russell Westbrook, back. It was thought the All-Star guard wouldn't return until December after two surgeries on his right knee in six months.

But he returned early and, though his numbers are down, he is looking as explosive as ever. The Thunder won the first four games Westbrook played.

And forward Serge Ibaka, often lost in the shuffle, is helping the Thunder dominate the offensive boards, pulling down 3.5 of the team's league-best 12.8 offensive rebounds per game.

"Going to be a big test for us," Warriors forward Harrison Barnes said. "OKC has obviously been on top for a while. It will be a chance for us to see where we are in the West. ... We're definitely trying to go out there and play well and let them know that we're here."

The Warriors came up short in their comeback bid against the Clippers, but that was capping a back-to-back set to start the season.

Golden State then nearly pulled off the rare road win at San Antonio, falling by a basket, but that was without Stephen Curry.

They were ran out of town by Memphis, but that was also completing a back-to-back set at the end of a four-game road trip.

But for this one, the Warriors don't have a built-in excuse. They've been emphatic in their dominance at home. They're coming off a day's rest, and they have a point to prove.

"I like the way we're playing at home," Jackson said. "We are taking care of business. We're executing. We're defending. ... We're doing a lot of good things. Now, obviously, there's an upgrade in opposition."

Thursday's game
Oklahoma City (5-2) at Warriors (5-3), 7:30 p.m., TNT