Golden State Wins Shootout With Oklahoma City 114-109


Injuries have plagued this young season for both the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder obviously getting the worse of the two teams, with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant out for extended periods of time, but tonight the Thunder were fully healthy. Well, they were for the first half anyways.

If it wasn’t for Kevin Durant going down at the end of the first half with a sprained right ankle, things may have gone very differently at Oracle Arena Thursday night.

The Warriors were able to battle it out with the Thunder for 48 minutes, coming away with their 22nd win of the season in a 114-109 victory. The win for the Warriors put an end to the Thunder’s seven game winning streak.

Oklahoma City may have made it eight straight, if Durant didn’t injure his ankle though. He led the way for the Thunder since the tip-off, coming out and unconsciously knocking down three pointers .

It was a large reason why the Warriors found themselves down by eight points after the first quarter even with 32 points on the board. By the time the first half was over, Durant had already totaled up 30 points. It was the most he had ever scored a first half in his career.

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The Warriors turned things around in the second half and continued good basketball all the way to the end. Stephen Curry had one of his best games of the season flirting with a triple-double. He finishing with 34 points while also adding seven rebounds and nine assists to his credit.

Draymond Green continued to remain the “heartbeat” of this team and nearly had a triple-double of his own with 16 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

The Warriors needed all they could get out of those two down the stretch because the Thunder still had Westbrook, who was keeping his team in the game. He had a 33 point night, and was able to hit a jumper with three minutes left in the game to put the Thunder up by one.

Curry had come right back to hit his jumper of his own to start a 10-4 run to finish the game for the Warriors. It was a huge home win for the Warriors that have now won 17 of their past 18 games. The 16 game win streak may have ended a couple nights ago, but this win could be the start of another.