Nov 29, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Second Time Is A Charm, Russell Westbrook Buries Golden State Warriors With Game Winner


What a ballgame! Anyone want a Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder playoff series?

The Warriors beat the Thunder by one in Oakland, and the Thunder beat the Warriors in Oklahoma City by one in OT, 113-112, Friday night. Both games ended in game winners. If you don’t remember, Russell Westbrook’s last second 3-point shot against the Warriors was cancelled out by Andre Iguodala’s game winning shot right afterwards.

“The Warriors didn’t lose this game. The Thunder won it.”

Jim Barnett says it perfectly. There were a lot of good things to look for tonight for the Warriors, but in the end, the Thunder got the best of them and simply refused to give up. In a scrambling last possession where the ball seemed to go off of Serge Ibaka, the Thunder gained the ball, and Russell Westbrook drilled a game-winning 3-point shot against the Dubs, something he almost did in their previous meeting, but failed to do.

In an extremely exciting game, the Warriors dropped to 9-8, only to be looking outside on the top teams in the Western Conference, in a very competitive league. To give you some perspective here, the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference has the same record as the Warriors. Nothing new, but this just shows the balance of superpowers.

The Warriors, one of the better defensive teams in the league, limited the Thunder to around 40 percent from the field, but unfortunately, were outshot from the free-throw line. Westbrook shot 12-for-15 from the free throw line while Durant shot 11-for-12.

They stayed with OKC till the final horn, but in the end, serendipity was on the Thunder’s side as Westbrook buried the Warriors with a prayer.

 

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