Russell Westbrook slowly put his sunglasses on after a Schroder 3 pointer airballed in the 4th quarter and with it went the chances of OKC upsetting the Warriors at home. A dose of reality that OKC is not a complete team right now. A competitive game and heroic effort by PG13 in the second half couldn’t overcome Steph and the Warriors.
PG13 and Schroder combined for 48 points while KD and Steph went for 59 points. PG13 needed more help.
Turnovers plagued the Warriors especially in a sloppy third quarter where everything seemingly went right for the surging Thunder. However, with only Paul George having the ability to create his own shot at the end, the Thunder could not muster up enough points to win. The Warriors had a slight hangover from their Championship ceremony. OKC and Golden State will meet again in March.
Damian Jones looks like a serviceable starter for Golden State filling the role of McGee of setting screens and playing solid defense, with some impressive put backs in this game. In 27 minutes he had 12 points and made 6/7 field goals.
Klay Thompson shot an abysmal 1-8 from 3 which won’t happen consistently. Some of the misses can be attributed to OKC defense, but it was really an off night for the all-star guard.
OKC defensive intensity was noteworthy down the stretch especially their ability to switch on screens and draw charges. Moreover Schroder looks like an underrated trade piece acquired this off-season.
While OKC lost the game their fans can find solace in the fact that their best offensive player Russell Westbrook and best defensive player Andre Roberson were not on the court tonight.