The Warriors played well for most of this contest in Oklahoma City, but unfortunately lost 119-109. In Kevin Durant’s first career triple double, the Thunder were inexorable.
This is a game where the Warriors trailed by as many as 21 points. In five minutes of incredible offense in the third quarter, the Thunder owned the Warriors in every area, and were +20 in that period of time. For the rest of the game, the Warriors were +8, which is a pretty good game played for the Warriors.
Unfortunately, Richard Jefferson was injured in the middle of the first quarter, and would not return. More news on him later.
At the end of the first, the Warriors only trailed 26-25, but then the second quarter happened. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin combined for 27/52 of the Thunder’s points. Draymond Green finished the half with 9 points, on 4/4 shooting. Very productive, and that’s what the Warriors want to see from him. Durant had 13 points and 10 rebounds at the half. The Warriors were down 13, 59-46.
The third quarter, was as usual a disaster for the Warriors. Draymond Green had picked up 4 fouls in 10 minutes, yet the Warriors continued to dominate on the inside. This is funny because the Warriors are 27th in three point shooting this season, a huge difference from last year. In the games that they’ve won, they mostly dominated the paint. At the end of the third quarter, the Warriors trailed 93-73, as the Thunder saw every single three point shot go in.
For most of the game, the ‘dynamic’ backcourt of Curry and Thompson were in yet another slump. Hopefully they’re just waiting to break out against a weaker team.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors were able to hit back hard and cut the lead to 105-98 with four minutes left, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as the Thunder were able to push it back to double digits. Golden State battled hard, but ended up losing by 10. It wasn’t a blowout, but at the same time, it wasn’t close.
The Warriors will look to bounce back tomorrow against the Mavericks. This game will close out the three game road trip.