The Oklahoma City Thunder used a 13-0 run to end the game to beat the Golden State Warriors on Monday night at the new Chase Center 100-97.
The Thunder are now 6-10 on the season.
The news of Hamidou Diallo’s hyper-extension sprain on his right elbow was followed by a game that looks more like a high school scrimmage than professional athletes though there were a couple impressive moments.
The Thunder led 13-4 in the first quarter and from there on out, it was the Warriors who controlled everything until the end. Oklahoma City fell behind by double digits in the second quarter on multiple occasions.
After the Warriors took a 59-47 lead, it was Chris Paul’s back-to-back threes, including a halftime mid-court shot helped put the Thunder in a good position to grab the lead after falling behind.
Oklahoma City trailed 59-53 at the half.
Nerlens Noel blocked four shots during the game, adding to the rest of the team’s twelve altogether. This shows that this young defense is desperate to make things work but the offense is chaos despite its tremendous potential.
Despite the messy moves from both teams, a glimpse into the future for the Thunder was seen at the very final minutes. Oklahoma City fell behind 97-87 with 3:18 to go after a slew of missed shots from both teams. Glenn Robinson III finally made a three, giving the Warriors the 10-point lead. Oklahoma City controlled the game from there on out.
Steven Adams secured another double-double and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stole the ball and scored, rejuvenating the game and stealing the lead with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 97-96.
Paul hit a jumper and SGA hit two free throws to ice the game for the Thunder.
The Warriors became more flustered as OKC pressed forward. Chris Paul looked decent tonight despite his overall average appearance that drew a booing crowd from the home team’s fans. Paul finished with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds and five rebounds.
Dennis Schröder had 22 points off the bench, including four made threes.
Oklahoma City overcame a few statistical winless streaks. They were 0-6 on the road. They were 0-3 when trailing by three points or less. They were 0-5 when trailing at halftime.
Next, the Thunder will travel to Portland to take on the Trailblazers and former Oklahoma City player, Carmelo Anthony. Hopefully OKC will create a winning streak and press forward to something more impressive.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!