Warriors Win Wild One in OKC
Golden State Improves to 46-8
The Warriors won their second road game in as many nights after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-114 on Saturday night. Kevin Durant led the Dubs with 34 points and nine rebounds, while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson added 26 points apiece. With the victory, Golden State improves to 46-8 on the season.
The atmosphere was about as intense as regular season games get, but when all was said and done, the Warriors walked out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with another win.
Making his long-anticipated return to Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant got Golden State on the board with his first shot of the night, and he’d continue to pour in points throughout the game amidst ongoing boos. The Thunder thrived off the early energy in the arena and built a seven-point lead on two occasions midway through the opening quarter. That’s as far in front as they would get, however, as Golden State soon found their groove, and never looked back. Kevon Looney eventually tied the game at 22-22 with a dunk with 2:16 remaining in the first frame, and the Warriors never trailed from that point on.
Golden State took a 30-24 lead at the end of one, and used a 12-2 run to begin the second quarter to extend their advantage to double-digits, where it would remain for the duration of the contest. After Russell Westbrook trimmed the deficit to 13 midway through the second frame, Durant and Curry combined to score 14 of the Warriors’ next 16 points. Westbrook made all five of his free throws in the final two minutes, but a 7-0 Golden State burst punctuated by a Durant dunk sent the game into halftime with the Dubs possessing a 73-50 advantage.
The Warriors scored 43 points in the second quarter, notching their 15th 40-point quarter and eighth 70-point half in the process. They’d find it to be tougher sledding in the second half, but ultimately, the damage had been done.
Klay Thompson opened the second half with a deep three-pointer to give Golden State their largest lead of the entire game, but the Thunder wouldn’t go away quietly. Following the lead of Westbrook, who notched 20 points in the third quarter alone, Oklahoma City began to work their way back in it. Westbrook’s three-pointer with 2:33 remaining in the third frame cut the deficit to 98-82, and the Warriors would only be able to add one point to that advantage through the remainder of the quarter, taking a 105-88 lead into the fourth.
Oklahoma City went with their reserves to begin the fourth quarter, and they responded by closing within 12 points on Andre Roberson’s conversion with 6:52 remaining. They would get no closer, however, as Klay Thompson drained his fifth and final three-pointer of the night on the ensuing possession to stabilize Golden State, and they’d begin to put the game out of reach from there. After Roberson dunked to close within 118-104 with 4:37 left, Durant made a jumper and three-pointer in succession to ignite a 12-4 Warriors’ run over the next two minuets. Curry’s three-pointer that capped that burst proved to be Golden State’s final points of the game, but it was more than enough to come away with the victory.
With the win, the Warriors improve to 46-8 on the season. They’ll attempt to complete an undefeated road trip on Monday night in Denver against the Nuggets.