Warriors Get Past Scrappy Thunder 110-98

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kenrich Williams at the Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Mon Feb 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Get Past The Scrappy Thunder 110-98

By Barbara Mason

Monday night the Golden State Warriors (41-13) took on the OKC Thunder (17-36) at Paycom Center. OKC is a very young tenacious team that despite their record has had some nice wins lately beating the Trail Blazers twice, and the Mavericks. The Warriors held their own and picked up a win against the feisty Thunder 110-98 at Paycom Arena in Oklahoma City.

Reported to be out on Sunday night, Lugentz Dort did play in this game which was great news for the Thunder. The Warriors got Otto Porter Jr. and Andre Iguodala back for this game so some great news for Golden State as well.

The Thunder started the first quarter with some outstanding defense. At one point in the quarter the Warriors were shooting at 30% and committing some careless turnovers.

Down by eight points mid-way through the quarter the Warriors had pulled to within three points to end the quarter 23-20. OKC’s excellent defense in the quarter was overshadowed by poor shooting. The Warriors were really lacking from downtown going 3 of 14 in the quarter.

The Warriors took the lead to start the second quarter. After a rather sluggish start Golden State really began to pick up the intensity. Their offense was a lot more efficient in the second quarter and the three’s began to fall.

With the half winding down Golden State was beginning to wear down the Thunder, forcing turnovers and denying shots from inside and outside. At the half the Warriors led by double digits 56-46. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 13 points and Jonathan Kuminga had 11 off the bench.

The Warriors did extend their lead in the third quarter 85-72. The Thunder were scoring far too many points off Warriors turnovers. The 13 point lead was not at all a comfortable lead and Golden State would have to hunker down to win this one.

This game went right down to the wire. The Thunder were down by five points with three minutes left in the game. The Warriors had three turnovers in a row in the final minutes which could have spelled disaster. Stephen and Klay Thompson scored monster three’s which put this game away 110-98.

A lot of credit to the scrappy Thunder who played a great defensive game. They just didn’t have enough fire power to take this game. Thompson had the high score with 21 points and Curry with 18. They had seven shots from downtown between them and closed this game out for Golden State. Kuminga had another great game with 16 points off the bench.

For a minute the Thunder had a glimmer of a possible win but it faded in the final minutes of this game. It was a nervous game but in the end the Warriors had won their ninth game in a row.

“We were just trying to hang on. I was glad to see Klay hit those shots. It’s great to have Klay back,” said Coach Kerr after the game. “I thought Jordan Poole played a fantastic game. JK is getting better every day,” he said. “It wasn’t a great night defensively.

Wednesday night the Warriors are off to play the Utah Jazz. Tipoff is scheduled for 7;00 PM.

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