For the first time this season, the Thunder are on the other side of a buzzer beater. Oklahoma City have been beat at least four times this season on last second buzzer beaters. Four times the Thunder have walked off the floor in defeat.
Tonight wasn't one of those nights.
After a whirlwind of a first half, where both teams combined to score 140 points, the game turned into a defensive struggle. According to FSThunder announcers, there were 22 lead changes in this game.
Again the Thunder out rebounded their opponent, 39-32, and limited their turnovers, 15. The Warriors were only able to stay in this game due to free throws in the second half. In the third quarter alone, the Warriors took 17 free throws compared to the Thunder's six. When you take into account the fact that Golden State only made five field goals in the third, the free throw imbalance comes more into focus.
The Thunder Triumvirate (Durant, Green, and Westbrook) again showed that it is the future of this young franchise. All of them scored over 26 points and scored a total of 83 together. Kevin Durant contributed 12 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year. Russell Westbrook tied his career high of 30 points and had a +3 assist to turnover ratio. Jeff Green added 26 points and four rebounds, but his most important two came on his buzzer beating shot.
I am sure this win was very satisfying for team and for its fans. The Thunder played well in all aspects of the game. The Thunder got their second road win of the season and improved to 2-12 in games decided by less than six points. If Oklahoma City can play better defense on Friday against the Clippers, the Thunder could come out of this road trip with consecutive victories.