One of the three losses the Oklahoma City Thunder have suffered this season came at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.
On the second night of a back-to-back, following a loss on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers, Andre Iguodala hit a buzzer-beater to beat the Thunder 116-115 back on Nov. 14.
That loss was bitter not just because of the final outcome on the final play, but for the way the Thunder played the entire game.
Up to that point in the season, OKC had played no worse game from start to finish. Kevin Durant was a mess all night, showing a lot of frustration and scoring just 20 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
The only reason the Thunder were even in that game by the end was the hot shooting of Russell Westbrook, who also hit what appeared to be the game-winner when he drilled a three-pointer from 30 feet out just seconds before the Iguodala game-winner.
The Warriors, after a hot start to the season, have been on a downward skid of late. They’ve lost four of their last five games, while the Thunder have not lost since playing in Golden State two weeks ago.
The Thunder are coming off an impressive win over the San Antonio Spurs at home, in which their bench had a lot to do with the win.
Reggie Jackson scored 23 points and Jeremy Lamb had 12 as the Thunder topped the Spurs 94-88 in their last game. Durant led the way with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Westbrook struggled mightily, shooting just 2-of-16 from the field.
The Thunder hope to get a much better performance from Westbrook tonight, while still maintaining that valuable bench contribution.
Back at home, the Thunder are undefeated on the season. Their last game vs. the Warriors proved that even when playing very poorly, they are capable of beating this Warriors team on the road. Tonight at home, OKC will have the edge in this matchup, but Golden State will be no push over either.
The game will tip at 7 p.m. CST.