Too much Stephen Curry, Warriors in fourth quarter for Thunder to contain
Serge Ibaka knocked down a three that put the Thunder up nine, 80-71, with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter.
From there on out, it was all Warriors — they outscored the Thunder 50-26 the rest of the way, including 11 points from Stephen Curry in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors remained a perfect 26-0 at Oracle Arena with a 121-106 win. That is seven victories in a row for Golden State, who are now 55-5 on the season. The Warriors also beat the Thunder in OKC last weekend and swept the season series.
The Warriors have now won 44 in a row at home, tying the Chicago Bulls’ all-time record.
This is the second game in a row the Thunder led entering the fourth quarter but could not hold it. However, Thursday’s loss is more understandable than the loss to the Clippers the night before — this was second night of a back-to-back — but the same issues reared their heads. Late in games, their offense is a predictable series of isolations/pick-and-rolls for Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook, and good teams can defend predictable. The other problem is defensive, the Thunder are middle of the pack defensively for the season and 25th in the NBA in their last 10 games — they are not getting enough stops.
The Thunder have no margin for error against the Warriors, and they simply are not playing that well right now. The Thunder’s mistakes — and the holes in their lineups, like the shooting of Andre Roberson, or the bench — get exposed against elite teams. There is time to correct that, but the Thunder have work to do.
Meanwhile the Warriors do what they do — six Golden State players scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 33. He had 11 in the fourth quarter, including some dagger step-back threes to seal the win. But it wasn’t just the stars — Mo Speights had 10 key points on 4-of-5 shooting, while Sean Livingston added 11 points and a team-best eight assists.
Kevin Durant had 32 points to lead the Thunder, Russell Westbrook scored 22, and Serge Ibaka added 20.
The Thunder are now 2-6 since the All-Star break.