The Oklahoma City Thunder face the difficult challenge of playing back-to-back road games on the west coast tonight as they take on the Golden State Warriors after playing the Los Angeles Clippers last night.
This is the second time this season that the Thunder will play the Warriors. The Thunder won the first meeting back on Nov. 18 in OKC 119-109.
Kevin Durant recorded his first career triple-double in that game with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Russell Westbrook had 30 points and Kevin Martin poured in 23 off the bench.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 22 points and David Lee had 19. Klay Thompson scored just four points on 2-of-8 shooting in the game.
The Thunder made 13 threes in that game and made a franchise-record 15 last night against the Clippers. Durant shot extremely well last night and so did Martin which is the kind of momentum OKC wants to carry into Golden State.
The Warriors also beat the Clippers in their last game and have actually beaten the Clippers three out of four times so far this season.
Golden State is just 5-5 in their last 10 games but has won its last two. Andrew Bogut still hasn’t returned to the lineup but Curry is back from a recent ankle scare.
The Thunder traditionally have no problem beating the Warriors. The faster pace only enhances the abilities of Durant and Westbrook and the Warriors can’t keep up.
Despite the great start to this season, OKC simply has Golden State’s number. Tonight will be tougher than usual since it is a back-to-back for the Thunder but this has always been a great matchup for them.
The game will tip at 10:30 p.m. EST and air on NBATV.