Warriors roar to life, strike down Thunder for first time this season
A BIG, BIG WIN
OAKLAND -- The Warriors wanted revenge on Oklahoma City and they got it Saturday with a 112-80 victory over the Thunder at Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant led the offensive charge against his former team, totaling 28 points, 13 of which came in the third quarter. Stephen Curry put in 21 and Nick Young provided a lift off the bench, adding 16 points.
But it was on defense that the Warriors shined. After setting a tone by holding OKC to 21.4 percent shooting in the opening quarter, the Warriors went on to limit the Thunder to 33 percent shooting for the game.
The Warriors (46-14) were twice blown out by the Thunder earlier this season, losing by 17 on the road and by 20 at Oracle.
Durant and Curry were tremendous, as were Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia off the bench. But Young electrified the arena and fried the Thunder during the pivotal third quarter.
Young’s line: 16 points (5-of-9 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc) and five rebounds. He played xx minutes and finished plus-xx for the game.
After the Thunder took a 56-54 lead on a 3-pointer by Carmelo Anthony with 9:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors cranked up the defense and went on a prolonged 30-10 run, closing the quarter with an 84-66 lead on Young’s triple with 1.1 seconds remaining in the third.
The Warriors held Oklahoma City to 3-of-16 shooting, with three turnovers during the run.
Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) was listed as probable and played 34 minutes. F Jordan Bell (L ankle inflammation) and G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) were ruled out.
Thunder: G/F Andre Roberson (L patellar tendon rupture) is out for the season.
The Warriors leave Sunday for New York, where they will face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.