Sunday night was bad for the Warriors. Appalling, actually. Oklahoma City absolutely thrashed them in Game 3 of the series and pulled off a 133-105 victory in front of their home crowd. At one point, the Thunder had stretched their lead to 41 and the only reason Golden State cut the final deficit to 28 was because all the starters were pulled in the final quarter.
The evening got off to a rough start when Draymond Green gave Steven Adams a kick in his manhood and was given a flagrant-1 foul; it being the second time in the last two games, Green could be given a one-game suspension which would have colossal repercussions for Golden State. If it was intentional, it’s odd that Green would do it in the first quarter when the Dubs were still competitive. After one, they trailed by just six points, 34-28, and it was due in large part to Kevin Durant going 4/6 with 11 points. Green, however, was struggling and recorded just two points and two turnovers. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 17 to keep the Warriors within striking distance.
Once the second quarter started, Oklahoma City never looked back. On the shoulders of their two superstars, they torched Golden State’s defense to the tune of 38 points and held their offense to just 19. Durant was the leading scorer with 12, Westbrook registered 10, and both combined to shoot 13/14 from the free throw line. Golden State was kept in the halfcourt offense and tallied just three fast break points. The half court struggles were noticeable, and the Warriors couldn’t eclipse 23% from the field in the period; their Big Three combined to shoot just 2/18. The Thunder put up 72 first half points, giving them a 25-point lead on the defending champs.
Golden State had their best quarter in the third quarter, but it felt like they were getting beaten down even worse than in the first half. Oklahoma City poured in 45 points while they shot a staggering 77.3% from the field; Westbrook was utterly unstoppable and scored or assisted (6 FG, 5 AST) on 11 OKC’s 17 made field goals. Durant was also just as effective and scored ten points on 4/5 shooting. The x-factor, however, was Andre Roberson. He put in eight points, including 2/2 from downtown and livened up an already raucous Oklahoma City fan base. The lead heading into the fourth was 117-80 in favor of the Thunder, and the game was all but over.
Durant was the game’s leading scorer with 33 and added eight rebounds and three blocks. Westbrook’s remarkable third quarter brought him up to 30 points for the night, and he dished out 12 assists, grabbed eight boards, and only committed four turnovers. Durant (+36), Westbrook (+41), Roberson (+33), Serge Ibaka (+42), and Dion Waiters (+32) all got extended minutes, and each guy posted a plus/minus of at least +30.
Game 4 is now a critical game for the Warriors and will be played on Tuesday, May 24, at 9:00 PM EST.