On Friday, the OKC Thunder fell to the Golden State Warriors in the team’s first-ever In-Season Tournament game. The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed the Warriors to the Paycom Center for game six of the season, which immediately gave OKC fans PTSD.
In a game where the OKC Thunder did not have superstar Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Golden State Warriors boasted a fully healthy roster, the two teams went down to the wire in Bricktown. Chet Holmgren had a career night, chipping in 24 points on nine shots, eight rebounds, and five assists. Holmgren swatted a shot and swiped a steal, all while going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.
Lu Dort was massive in keeping this game close, turning in a season-high 29 points on 6-for-6 shooting from three-point land. His counterpart Steph Curry dispatched Dort’s tough defense to go off for 30 points, including the game-winning bucket with two-tenths of a second remaining.
The OKC Thunder game ended on a controversial call, and NBA Twitter reacted appropriately.
That is where the controversy came. As Steph Curry danced around Lu Dort and let a layup fly, Draymond Green, and Josh Giddey collided at the ring in an attempt to pull down or tip in a potential miss. Green touched the rim while Giddey grazed the net.
The Last Two Minute Report for this tilt will be appointment viewing for OKC Thunder and Golden State Warriors fans. In an In-Season Tournament that went down to the buzzer, the refs whistle might have just decided West Group C.
The OKC Thunder without their best player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, took the fully healthy Golden State Warriors to the wire. While Pro-Sports teams and their fans, do not believe in “Moral” victories, this certainly was a moral victory.