Less than a week ago, the Thunder got their hearts broken at home when Steph Curry drained a ridiculous game-winning three. This time, however, the Thunder traveled to Oracle with the hopes of figuring out the Warriors. They failed, and the Warriors beat the Thunder 121-106, giving them their 44th straight home win and tying the 1995-96 Bulls for the NBA record.
Similar to their matchup with the Clippers, the Thunder were up 83-82 after three quarters. Curry didn’t really have a rhythm going into the fourth and, despite 22 points, was shooting just 43% from the field — 25% from the three-point line. Durant had 24 points, eight rebounds & assists entering the fourth, but did tally five turnovers; Westbrook was shooting just 4/16 with 13 points, seven assists, and five rebounds.
In the blink of an eye, Golden State exploded for 39 fourth quarter points. Curry finally got on track, missing just one shot and recording 11 points in the final period. Again, Oklahoma City was beaten by turnovers. Durant particularly had a problem holding onto the basketball and had four of the Thunder’s five turnovers that quarter. In addition to putting the Warriors on the line for 13 free throw attempts (of which 12 were made), the Thunder couldn’t stop them from the rest of the field and allowed 63% shooting in the quarter.
Despite finishing with a near triple-double (30p/10r/9a), KD finished with nine of OKC’s 14 turnovers, his second game this year with 9+ TOs. With the playoffs rapidly approaching, the Thunder look like they’re slowly falling apart.
They look to get back on track Sunday against the Bucks in Milwaukee while the Warriors face Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for the last time on Sunday, also.
Around The League
Although Phoenix is getting in better position for a high lottery pick, rookie Devin Booker continues to show improvement. The UK product put up a career-high 34 points on 11/21 shooting against the Heat on Thursday.
San Antonio quietly won their 52nd game of the season against the Pelicans behind 56 combined points from Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. Leonard, who looks better than ever, finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds. On top that he had three assists, two steals, and two blocks. LMA recorded 26 points, giving him ten games this year with 25+.
Chandler Parsons’ 28 points couldn’t hold off the Kings, who downed the Mavericks in Dallas. Rajon Rondo posted 18 points and 12 assists while partner-in-crime DeMarcus Cousins recorded his 37th double-double of the year — 22 points and 13 rebounds — giving him sole possession of third in the league.
PHX 92 – MIA 108
SAS 94 – NOLA 86
SAC 104 – DAL 101
OKC 106 – GSW 121