The Warriors wallop the Thunder 111-95, sweep the season series

March 21, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oklahoma City- The Oklahoma City Thunder came into Monday night’s game against the Warriors on a roll. The Thunder had won five in a row. OKC coach Billy Donovan has them playing better defense. They held their last five opponents to an average of just 99 points per game, and they improved their three-point shot defense holding teams to just 21 attempts per game. The Warrior, on the other hand, were also playing well. The Dubs had to deal with the loss of Kevin Durant and a brutal stretch of 8 games in 13 days and an 11,000-mile journey. The Dubs lost five of the eight games and looked tired. However, they won the last three games at home and looked like the Dubs of old. OKC, with MVP-Candidate Russell Westbrook, wanted to make Monday’s game a statement game. That did not happen as the Warriors routed the Thunder 111-95 to win their 4th in a row and their 7th straight against the Thunder.

The first quarter was fairly even. There were just a couple of lead changes in the first quarter. The Dubs took the lead for good after the refs charged the Thunder with goaltending. The Warriors led 15-14 at that point. They increased the lead to 25-20, but OKC made at bucket to end the quarter just 3 points behind 25-22. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 11, and Klay Thompson had 6.

The Dubs owned the second quarter. They outscored the Thunder 34-17 to end the first half with a 20-point lead. The Dubs excelled on defense as Draymond Green and Company held Westbrook to just 7 points in the half. None of the Thunder starters were in double figures. Klay finished the quarter with 18 and Steph was right behind with 17. The score after two quarters of play was 59-39. The players on both teams were, at this point, doing a lot of trash talking and the contest had become quite physical. Steph and the Thunder’s Semaj Christon got into a pushing and shoving contest. Tempers were high and Draymond and Westbrook got involved. The refs assessed two technical fouls on each team. Steph and Draymond received technicals for the Warriors and Christon, and Westbrook took the technicals for OKC. Draymond committed his 13th of the year, and Westbrook notched his 15th. The best shot of the night came when Steph hit a three as the buzzer sounded and he sprinted down the tunnel to the locker room with a lot of spring in his step.

The Warriors increased to 26 at the end of the third quarter. They outscored OKC 33-27, and the game was just about over. Steph hit a three again with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock in the quarter to ice the win. Steph did not play in the fourth period. Coach Steve Kerr started the quarter with Klay, David West, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes, and Shaun Livingston. The Thunder could not get back into the game, and with 6 minutes left, Kerr sent in the guys at the end of the bench to finish the game.

 

 

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