As the season is coming closer and closer, we’re going going to bring you our thoughts of the top 20 games since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City. We broke it down to about to about 50 games, and then narrowed it down to 20. We decided most were going to be wins, we had one game that was a loss in the top 20, and it’s easily the most memorable lost. Well, for me at least. Let’s Recap 11-20: #20, #19, #18, #17, #16, #15, #14, #13, #12, #11, #10, #9, #8 and now to #7:
When: January 21, 2009
Location: Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Final Score: Oklahoma City Thunder 122, Golden State Warriors 121
Big Players: R. Westbrook 30 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl
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While in Oklahoma City, Jeff Green was often the goat of many problems and failed wins. However, this night was his night. Green scored 26 points, including a turnaround jumper from 16 feet at the buzzer to lift Oklahoma City to a 122-121 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
It was the ninth win of the season for the young Thunder bucks who had struggled earlier in the season. This was the point when they were getting around to finally winning some games. The win put Oklahoma City 5-5 in their last 10 games. Which was a huge improvement over their 3-29 start.
It was a very high scoring, fast paced first half. The Thunder scored 72 first half points, while allowing 68 for the Warriors. Coach Scott Brooks was not happy with the frantic pace that this game took on.
Brooks had cautioned his team about not getting caught up in Golden State’s run-and-gun style but Oklahoma City responded with its highest-scoring game of the season.
They needed every point.
The Warriors went on an 11-2 run to erase a five-point deficit in the third quarter then closed out the period with a 7-1 spurt capped by Brandon Morrow’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 95-89.
The Thunder recovered to take a 116-111 lead late in the fourth quarter before C.J. Watson led a Golden State rally in the final three minutes. Watson, who was questionable before the game with turf toe, scored seven points to spark an 8-2 run that gave the Warriors a 119-118 lead with just over a minute remaining. Westbrook then connected on a short jumper with 41 seconds left to put Oklahoma City on top.
The teams traded missed shots and turnovers before Jamal Crawford’s 12-foot shot banked in to give Golden State a 121-120 lead. That set the stage for Green’s game-winner.
Jeff Green was confident he had more than enough time to get off a shot.
“Yeah I called it,” Green said. “There was a lot of time left. I just had to stay with my shot, not rush it, and it went in. It feels great.”