The Oklahoma City Thunder travelled to Oracle Arena to challenge the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, and thanks to a huge scoring surge in the third quarter, came away with the 116-97 win in dominant fashion.
Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin were the stars of this show: Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Martin knocked down eight of ten shots–four of five from beyond the three-point line–for 23 more points. Russell Westbrook added 18 more points of his own.
For Golden State, Stephen Curry dropped 22 points and David Lee had 13, but as a whole, the Warriors looked extremely lackluster at times and unlike a team that is bound for the playoffs in the coming weeks.
To their credit however, the Warriors did keep it close and very competitive in the first half, only trailing by four points at the end of the first quarter and going into the half. After the break however, the Thunder were playing an entirely different game.
Durant and Martin both caught fire in the third quarter and pushed OKC further and further away from Golden State in doing so. The Thunder had a 36-point scoring effort in this quarter alone, at led by as many as 21, when they went up 105-84 near the end of the fourth quarter.
The nail firmly inserted itself in the Warriors’ coffin before the fourth quarter even began; head coach Scott Brooks pulled all the starts early in the fourth quarter, and they looked on as the reserves closed out the game in favor of Oklahoma City.
With the win, OKC advances to 58-21 on the season. They face the Portland Trailblazers next, on Fri., Apr. 12.