No Kevin Durant? No problem for the Golden State Warriors. There was nothing Russell Westbrook could do as the Warriors thumped the Thunder 111-96 on Monday night.
Oklahoma City fell to 40-30 on the season, ending their five game winning streak.
Even though the Thunder fell tonight, the Jazz lost. That keeps Oklahoma City within two games in the loss column of fourth place in the Western Conference.
The energy was too high and it felt like a Game 7 again, when it didn’t need to be. The playoff atmosphere led to rushed play and fed right into the Warrior’s hands. Oklahoma City despite leading early on, saw the Warriors leading 25-22 after the first quarter.
After Semaj Christon nailed Oklahoma City’s first three of the gaem with 11:24 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a run to end the game. Golden State outscored the Thunder 20-6 over the next six minutes. Oklahoma City was down 45-31 with 4:22 left until halftime.
With 5.3 seconds left before the half, a brush up between Steph Curry and Christon, led to a bunch of pushing and shoving. Russell Westbrook came to the defense of Christon and the teams had to be separated. Technical fouls were assess to Christon, Westbrook, Curry and Draymond Green.
Curry hit a wide open three to end the half, putting the Warriors up 59-39.
It was the Klay Thompson show in the second half. Everything he put up, it seemed to go in. Thompson was 4-of-7 from deep and they sank Oklahoma City for good. A 4-minute stretch in the third quarter saw the Warriors nail down five three-pointers and push their lead from 14 points to 26.
Even before the Thompson show, Westbrook had done his best to will the Thunder back into it. He was fouled on a three, nailing all free throws. Then, he hit a pull up three bringing the Thunder to within 64-52 with 8:57 left in the third.
Westbrook didn’t play in the fourth and finished with 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, and seven assists. He was a game worst minus-25. He also finished with five turnovers in 27 minutes.
Victor Oladipo led Oklahoma City with 16 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
The Thunder will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. It’ll be a nice change of pace from the Warriors. Oklahoma City beat the Sixers in their first meeting on opening night.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defend the three: F
The Warriors were hot from three early and often. They never cooled off, even when the reserves were in the game. Golden State finished 15-of-33 (45.5)% for the game. You’ll never beat the Warriors if they’re hitting 15 three-pointers.
Make your free throws: F
The Thunder missed 14 free throws. That’s absolutely unacceptable. Steven Adams missed three, Andre Roberson had two horrible misses and Jerami Grant missed three, too. What an embarrassing performance from the free throw line for the Thunder.
Take care of the ball: F
11 turnovers, leading to 16 fast break points. Oklahoma City rushed way too much and their emotions had the better of them. Oklahoma City had a chance early on but just always seemed to turn it over at the wrong time.