The Golden State Warriors hold off a late game push from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 4th quarter, beating them 116-108.
“In the third quarter we got careless,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said according to Yahoo News. “I thought we just kind of took our foot off the pedal for a bit, settled for careless possessions, stopped moving and cutting. And they did a great job. Obviously that’s an explosive team. So we opened the door a crack and they marched through.”
The Warriors were saved by a three point shot in the forth quarter with 1:40 to go from Klay Thompson. He finished the game with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting, but was 1 of 6 from the three point line. It wasn’t a pretty night for Stephen Curry either as he went 10 of 25 with seven missed three pointers. The splash brothers were struggling throughout the night, but the bench and other starters picked up the slack. This team is deep enough to sustain runs and score effectively with the best ball movement in the league.
The Thunder however didn’t go away. Kevin Durant finished the game with 40 points. Russell Westbrook with 27 points, 12 assists and three rebounds. They pull out all the stops after allowing 73 points in the first half. In the second half they only allowed 43 points in two quarters. They have the athleticism to be a great defensive team, but it still hasn’t clicked as a team. The Warriors and Thunder will be facing each other more throughout the season. If both teams met in the playoffs, don’t be surprise it goes seven games for a ticket to the NBA Finals.