Thunder storm back in 2nd half to zap Warriors
5…4…3… Curry is going to get the last shot before heading to the half. 2.. 1..He shoots, he scores!! Bzz and just like that Steph Curry hits a ridiculous buzzer beater to give the Golden State Warriors a 13 point lead at the half, as the crowd erupts in Oracle Arena, and just like that it seems like another day in the office for the splash bros. Not so fast.
On a night where the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant who only made 10-of-30 shots (26 points) and Russell Westbrook wasn’t any better who shot 7-of-21 (27 points) the Thunder still found a way to stay in the game and zap the Warriors. Everybody knew if the Oklahoma City Thunder were going to have any realistic shot of upsetting the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals they were going to have to head into Oracle Arena and steal game 1 or 2. As the second half came out OKC wasted no time being aggressive offensively and defensively, as Russell Westbrook turned into a monster, scoring 19 points in the 3rd quarter giving his teammates a much-needed boost that they needed. OKC out-rebounded GS which was going to be a key going into the series 52-44 in Game 1. Although OKC continued to struggle with turnovers throughout the playoffs GSW saw a much darker night when it came to turnovers as they turned the ball over (14) times compared to OKC (12). It’s easy to see why Billy Donovan continues to leave Steve Adams on the floor as he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and was plus-19 in 36 minutes. Enes Kanter wasn’t as much of a factor as we’d expect, but OKC still got help from Dion Waiters and Serge Ibaka.
On the Warriors side of the ball their big 3 showed up yet again as Steph Curry finished with 26 points. Klay Thompson poured in 25, and Draymond Green dropped 23 points. Besides them only Harrison Barnes crossed the double-digit line as he finished with 12 points. Warriors also found themselves out scored in the 4th 14-23. As the minutes continued to wind down, yet again we get another controversial no-call with Westbrook’s five step travel. It was obvious he traveled, but it wasn’t called. At this point in the playoffs I’m actually surprised when an official gets a call right. Even though the Thunder were up by 5 with 17.2 remaining it could’ve been a momentum changer as the Thunder were able to seal it away as the travel wasn’t called.
The series is far from over and is only going to get even more physical, competitive and entertaining for us all. Game 2 kicks off Tuesday night 8:00 ET from Oracle Arena.