Golden State Warriors Tie Series vs Thunder in 118-91 Victory
Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, the defending champions did just what they’ve done all season. The Golden State Warriors finished the season as the only team in history to avoid losing consecutive games. After a surprising Game 1 loss, they responded with a resounding victory in Game 2 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The game was fairly tight throughout the first half, with teams exchanging runs. The biggest occurrence came in the first quarter, when MVP Steph Curry dove into the crowd to save a loose ball and wound up with a near baseball sized lump on his elbow. As the near 20,000 in attendance held their breaths, Curry returned to the game and put on yet another show.
The Dubs’ star shot 5/8 from behind the arc and 9/15 from the field to finish with 28 points. His supporting cast did their part with 6 other shooters scoring in double figures and the usual depth help coming off the bench for the champs. Former MVP, Kevin Durant, did what he could for OKC. He finished the game scoring 29 points, but didn’t get enough from his teammates. Russell chipped in 16 points and 12 assists, but managed only a single rebound after averaging nearly 8 per game in the regular season.
The third quarter is what put this game out of contention. After taking an 8 point lead into the half, Golden State owned the third quarter and outscored the Thunder 31-19. A 20 point lead to start the 4th quarter was enough to allow head coach Steve Kerr to rest most of his stars, especially Curry with his ailing elbow.
The depth of the Warriors allowed the team to coast to a 118-91 win. After the game, Curry was quoted:
“Tonight, started off with a nice punch and was able to sustain it over the course of the game,” Curry said. “When I get open shots obviously the confidence is there to knock them down. It’s been like that since I’ve been back. My body’s catching up and I think I’m there.”
The MVP does appear to be there with his performances since returning from multiple injuries. He’ll need to be there for his team as they head East as the series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Sunday night.
(Golden State Warriors Tie Series vs Thunder)