Dennis Schröder scored 32 points, 16 in each half, as the Oklahoma City Thunder blew out the dumpster fire that has become the Golden State Warriors 123-95.
Oklahoma City improves to 11-6 on the season. They’ve now won 11 of their last 13 games. That’s the best record over that span in the NBA.
The Thunder after losing their first four games of the post-KD era, are now 3-2 against the Warriors, including going 2-1 in Oakland.
Oklahoma City’s 28-point win is the largest vs. the Warriors in Thunder history. Largest loss for Golden State20 points and 11 rebounds and two steals. at Oracle since Oct. 2016
Schröder’s first half was a large part in why the Thunder were able to hold such a big first half lead. The Thunder’s backup point guard had 16 points in the first half, including 10 straight in the second quarter, fueling Oklahoma City back into the lead.
The Warriors actually led 31-29 against the Thunder with 8:55 left in the second quarter. That’s where Schröder and Co. found their rhythm and took the lead back for good in the half. Oklahoma City would outscore the Warriors 31-15 for the remainder of the quarter and the Warriors didn’t know what hit them.
Oklahoma City led 60-46 at the break. It’s the second worst home deficit at halftime by the Warriors in the Steve Kerr era.
The Warriors made their run in the third quarter but the Thunder were able to keep them at arm’s length. Golden State was as close as four but that was it. A lot of that was Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Schröder. While Westbrook didn’t shoot well, he did everything else right and that led to open shots for everyone else. Westbrook, even when he’s shooting poorly, he commands a lot of attention.
With 7:17 left in the fourth quarter, Hamidou Diallo pulled down a rebound but landed awkwardly and was carried off the court on a stretcher. The rookie out of Kentucky has been such a bright spot for the Thunder. The status of his injury is unknown but was seen in a wheelchair inside the Thunder’s locker room.
The Thunder led 96-85 when Diallo went down. The Thunder responded to their fallen teammate by icing the game. The Thunder would outscore the Warriors 27-10 over the final seven minutes of the game.
Paul George finished with 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting. He also finished with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Westbrook had his first triple-double of the season. He’s now only two rebounds away from passing Jason Kidd for third all-time in career triple-double totals. Steven Adams faced double teams all night long, finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds and two steals.
Oklahoma City’s 61 rebounds is the most since Feb. 6, 2017, a 61-rebound performance against Indiana.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will take Thanksgiving off but then will host Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets in the first night of a back-to-back on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. That game can be followed on our social media posts. You can view the game on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Keys to the Game
The Warriors made less than 25 percent of their threes. They only made two-thirds of their free throws. They shots less than 44 percent from the field. Outside of a big stretch in the third quarter, Oklahoma City’s defense was nothing but dominant tonight. It was everything the Thunder needed and more.
Free Throws: F
It’s not a good thing usually when you make more three-pointers than you do free throws. Oklahoma City made almost as many threes as the Thunder attempted free throws. It also didn’t help the Thunder only made 8-of-15 from the line. That’s unacceptable.
I want to really give this a C but you know how well they Thunder played throughout the night? They shot 48 percent from the field and 37 from behind the arc. Oklahoma City, largely in part led by Schröder, did what they needed against the Warriors. Without Draymond Green anchoring the defense, the Warriors had no real answer for anything the Thunder threw at them.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!