Warriors Destroyed by Thunder, Lose Back-to-Back Games

Feb 6, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight wasn’t exactly the “comeback” from a blowout that many fans were expecting. Instead, the Warriors gave up another 70 points in the first half, and lost the game by 21 points. The Thunder played very well tonight, and the Warriors couldn’t find their rhythm.

The Thunder hit hard and attacked right off the bat in the first quarter of this game. It was slow and tough for the Warriors, but they never seemed to have a stroke at all. They ended up being crushed on the glass by the Thunder. At one point, the Thunder lead 26-17 with 2 minutes left. The Thunder scorched the Warriors 34-22 in the first. This wasn’t the tone of a win.

In the second quarter, the Thunder started off hot yet again. Russell Westbrook was leading his team with 17 points and many trips to the free throw line. You could tell that the Warriors were tired and fatigued on the back end of a back to back. Midway through the quarter, however, the Warriors were able to make a little run, finding some offense. Unforunately, they couldn’t play the defense, and the Thunder maintained their double digit lead. At the half, the Thunder lead 67-49.

The Warriors hot shooting, after the break, cut the deficit to 12. Unfortunately for them, the Thunder pushed it right back up. There was almost no hope and it was looking really bad out there. Although all the starters had double digits, except Andris Biedrins, the Warriors were still unable to stick with the Thunder, who outscored them once again.

The fourth quarter was more of the same. The Warriors were just drained tonight and lost by a final score of 119-98.

The Warriors next game is yet another road game against the slumping Grizzlies. Hopefully they can get the win there. Now falling to 30-19, the Warriors will have to pick up some slack if they want to stay with Denver.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder

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