One year ago tomorrow, Kevin Durant exploded for 54 points against the Golden State Warriors. 364 days later, the Slim Reaper was at it again. This time around he had 38 points on 14-18 shooting in a 127-115 barn burner over Golden State.
Klay Thompson had 32 points to pace the Warriors, but it was not enough to beat the Thunder's well-balanced attack Friday night. Serge Ibaka matched his career high with 27 points, with 14 coming in the fourth quarter. Russell Westbrook had a monster triple double, with 17 points, 17 assists, 15 rebounds, and 4 steals. The combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook also forced Stephen Curry into 6 turnovers and "only" 19 points.
What is your initial reaction to tonight's result?
I was really impressed with the offense in this one. Shooting 53% and scoring 127 points against Golden State is no easy feat, given that the Warriors are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Also, despite the 115 points the Warriors scored, it wasn't a terrible performance defensively by the Thunder. Russell made Stephen Curry uncomfortable all night long, forcing Curry into a 2-6 shooting night from 3-point range and committing 6 turnovers in the process.
What was, overall, the main reason why the Thunder won?
The overwhelming amount of balance really helped seal this win. Of course, having arguably the league's best player drop 38 on the best defense in the NBA will help. Primarily, it was the first time that the team's 'talk' of being a balanced attack finally materialized.
Thunder Wonder: Russell Westbrook, who had one of the craziest triple doubles I've seen at 17-17-15 with 4 steals.
Thunder Down Under: Kendrick Perkins, who somehow got a technical within seconds of checking in.
Thunder Blunder: Andre Roberson, who had a -14 plus/minus and couldn't stop Klay Thompson.
Thunder Plunderer: Klay Thompson, who finished with 32 points on 12-22 shooting.
Next game: Sunday at Orlando @ 5 pm CST