Durant, Warriors overcome big night from Westbrook to beat OKC
BIG WIN IN OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Warriors came into Chesapeake Energy Arena with nothing to gain and six players, including Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala, out of action
Oklahoma City, by contrast, is much healthier and also playing for playoff seeding.
Yet the Warriors, behind Kevin Durant’s 34 points, 20 more from Klay Thompson and some key defensive stands -- holding the Thunder to 38-percent shooting -- hung on for a 111-107 victory Tuesday night.
It was, under the circumstances, a wholly impressive win as the Warriors (57-21) evened the season series at two games apiece in what shapes up as a possible postseason series.
The scoring of Durant and Thompson was essential and each played solid defense. Nick Young hit some timely shots. Damian Jones came out of nowhere to be a factor in the fourth quarter. Quinn Cook scored 11 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with 18.1 seconds remaining.
But the Warriors needed an impactful game from Jordan Bell, and they got one.
Bell’s line: 6 points (3-of-6 shooting), six rebounds, two blocks and two assists. He played 19 minutes and finished plus-9.
The Thunder built an eight-point first quarter lead, and the Warriors wiped it and built a 12-point lead in the third quarter -- only to have OKC come back and briefly take a lead late in the third.
After Paul George cut the deficit to two, 99-97, on a 3-pointer with 3:16 left, the Warriors forced a turnover and three misses to push the lead to six on a Jones slam with 1:05 to play.
Not until Draymond Green dropped in two free throws with 10.1 seconds to play did the Warriors secure the victory.
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) were listed as probable and upgraded to available after shootaround. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (L MCL sprain), F/G Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness), G Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), F/C Kevon Looney (flu-like symptoms) and G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) were listed as out.
Thunder: G Andre Roberson (L patellar surgery) was listed as out.
The Warriors left immediately after the game for Indianapolis, where on Thursday they face the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 4:05.