Gameday: Warriors at Thunder - 11/18/12


The Warriors suffered a tough loss in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, falling to the Thunder by a score of 119-109. The Warriors shot an impressive 53% from the field, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a Thunder team that shot 13-of-20 from 3-point range. Five players scored in double-figures for the Warriors, led by Stephen Curry’s 22 points. David Lee posted another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack led the bench effort once again with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Warriors will look to bounce back tomorrow night when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas.
The Warriors continue their longest road trip of the season so far with a Sunday date against the reigning Western Conference champions. Golden State was swept in three games with the Thunder last season, and Sunday’s matchup should be equally as challenging. The Warriors, however, have found success on the road this season (3-2) and are 2-0 against teams with winning records (on days of the game).
The Warriors controlled the paint in Friday’s 106-98 win in Minnesota. Golden State out-rebounded the undermanned Timberwolves 50-34 and had a 58-22 scoring advantage in the key. David Lee played a big role in the win with 18 points and 13 rebounds and Harrison Barnes also had a big night with 18 points and nine boards. Stephen Curry came through with 17 points and six assists before fouling out late in the fourth quarter and Carl Landry was efficient as usual with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
David Lee has recovered from a slow start to the season and has now posted double-doubles in four of his last five games. He’s averaged 17.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists during that stretch, and he is certainly a candidate worth considering when casting your NBA All-Star ballot. Lee currently ranks third among NBA forwards in rebounding and is widely recognized as one off the best passing big men in the game.
Don’t look now but the Warriors are currently dominant in the paint. In the last two games, they’ve out-scored their opponents 104-42 in the painted area and have enjoyed a 94-63 rebounding advantage. The Warriors are averaging 48.4 points in the paint in their five wins this season versus 34.5 points in losses.
The Thunder shocked the basketball world when they sent James Harden to Houston in a trade that brought Kevin Martin to Oklahoma City, and that maneuver hasn’t appeared to hurt the team one bit. The reigning Western Conference champs are one of three NBA teams with as many as seven wins and of course they’re headlined by the two-headed monster of Kevin Durant (24.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists) and Russell Westbrook (19.6 points, 8.5 assists). Oklahoma City ranks second in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.419) – the Warriors are third at .420 – and are third in both offensive field goal percentage (.480) and three-point percentage (.410).

Injury Report
GSW: Klay Thompson (flu) is a game-time decision. Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

OKC: None.


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