Kevin Durant always plays well against the Warriors but then again, don’t we all? Durant scored 37 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Thunder’s 120-109 win in Golden State last night, helping improve the Thunder’s NBA-best record to 16-3.
A common theme lately for the Thunder is that they aren’t playing pretty games but still winning. Last night Oklahoma City committed 22 turnovers in the game with Durant (7) and Russell Westbrook (7) leading the way.
Golden State was able to hang around because of this but whenever they got real close, the Thunder were able to turn on the gas and blow them away.
Westbrook, despite the turnovers, had a nice game himself scoring 28 points, dishing out 11 assists to go along with seven steals.
As I expected, James Harden finally had a nice game away from home with 19 points and going 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Harden played 35 minutes in the game and started the second half because Thabo Sefolosha was experiencing foot soreness.
Golden State kept this game close despite Stephon Curry and Monta Ellis having bad shooting nights. Curry had 15 points in the game but was scoreless in the first half and Ellis finished with 13 on 5-for-17 shooting and a minus-18, plus-minus.
The Thunder did a good job with their defense versus Ellis all night as Westbrook was just too big and strong for him.
Serge Ibaka had his best game of the season and first double-double, finishing with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The Thunder had a big edge on the glass in this one outrebounding Golden State 53-34 and collecting 19 offensive rebounds.
Oklahoma City was more aggressive all night getting to the line 37 times and making 32 free throws while Golden State attempted just 19 free throws in the game.
The Thunder continue to show with games like this just how talented they are. Their offense wasn’t great last night and they didn’t take care of the ball but still scored 120 points and looked completely unstoppable at times.
Oklahoma City (16-3) will play the Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) in the Staples Center Monday night for their next game.