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I.C.Y.M.I: Thunder/Warriors Recap

Not many people predicted the Thunder to stun the Warriors and hand them a home loss, but that’s what happened Monday night in Oracle arena.

Oklahoma City beat Golden State 108-102 after being down by as much as 14 points. The Thunder’s comeback was in large part due to Russell Westbrook.
The Warriors out-scored the Thunder in the first quarter 27-21. Golden State then continued to add to their lead, heading into overtime with a 60-47 advantage.

The Thunder were a different team in the second-half however and patiently chipped away at the Warriors lead. Oklahoma City was able to hang with Golden State’s line-up of death by using a Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams front-line, with Dion Waiters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the back-court. The Thunder’s big, mobile line-up was able to out-rebound the Warriors 30-19 in the second half.

Sound line-up choices by Thunder Head Coach Billy Donovan combined with superstar performances by Westbrook and Durant ultimately led to Oklahoma City’s comeback. Durant and Westbrook combined for 37 points in the second-half. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 18 points in the second-half.

While the Warriors shooting went cold in the second-half, Draymond Green remained productive, pouring in 16 points.

Major themes of Golden State’s success throughout the year like shooting percentage and bench production were both missing Monday night. The Warriors shot 36.7 percent from three-point land and 64.7 percent from the free-throw line in game one, marks well below the Warriors season average. Golden State’s benched only scored 16 points in game one, a far-cry from the 34.3 ppg the Warriors enjoyed from their bench during the regular season.

The Warriors will need more consistent shooting and a better performance from their bench in order to counter Oklahoma City’s size and rebounding.

The Warriors look to even out the series in game two at Oracle Arena. Tip-off is Wednesday, 8 pm CT on TNT.

By Erik Drost from United States – Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38290382

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