Coming off their first win in LA against the Clippers on Tuesday night, the Thunder could not contain the aggressive assault of the Golden State Warriors, falling to them 104-99.
For the Warriors, this win was huge: they are officially the sole team in the NBA to have beaten the Heat, the Clippers (three times), and the Thunder this year. It’s safe to say they are the truth this year, and will be a problem for teams in the West vying a spot in the NBA finals.
The Warriors also are the only team so far this season to overcome the Thunder after they had led for three quarters.
Stephen Curry had 31 points and seven assists while David Lee had 22 points and 12 boards in the win over Oklahoma City. Curry dazzled as much as anyone on the court, matching Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, shot for shot.
Oklahoma City blew an eight point lead in the fourth quarter, and then seemed to fall entirely apart as a result.
Late in the game, Kendrick Perkins tipped in a rebound before Jarrett Jack let go a deep three over Durant and sunk it to put the Warriors ahead by three again. Durant responded by making both of his free throws, but Golden State’s Lee responded by laying it in to extend the lead once more.
Then, Curry missed a three-pointer to give the Thunder a chance, but they couldn’t close out. Durant missed one of his free throws that would have made it a one-point game, and then botched an inbound pass that Curry stole and turned into a pair of free throws, making one of them. With 12 seconds left, the 104-99 score made a Thunder comeback impossible.
Durant had 33 points and five rebounds, but his mishaps in this contest made more of an impact than his successes. Westbrook was not nearly as impressive as he has been of late, having only 10 points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting an abismal 3 of 16 from the floor. He also missed all five of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Curry made a strong case for himself to be an All-Star reserve, in a performance where he outplayed Durant, one of the most dominant players in the league as of late, as well as Westbrook, a crucial role player.
Oklahoma City had one seven of its last eight games prior to falling to Golden State, is once again tied with the Clippers for the best record in the league.
The Thunder now hold a 33-10 record and will face the Sacramento Kings next on Fri., Jan. 25.