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Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Live Score and Analysis
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The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder have a thing for buzzer-beaters when they play one another.

Two weeks after Andre Iguodala sunk the Thunder with a game-winner at Oracle Arena, Russell Westbrook drained a three-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Oklahoma City to a 113-112 win over the Warriors on Friday night.

Westbrook had 34 points in total and played a pivotal role in keeping OKC in the game when things looked like they were about to get out of hand late in the third quarter.

Stephen Curry put forth a sensational performance for Golden State, dropping 32 points, but in the end, it wasn't enough.

Free throws doomed the Dubs in this one, as they missed a bunch of foul shots down the stretch that probably cost them a victory.

The Thunder shot 35-of-42 from the line. The Warriors, meanwhile, went only 20-of-29 from the stripe.

Let's get to the keys of this game now.

 

Russell Westbrook Was Big-Time

Westbrook came out firing from the opening tip, hitting his first five field-goal attempts. He then struggled with his shot the rest of the way, going 5-of-20 from the floor after the hot start.

However, Westbrook still made his imprint on this contest, and I'm not just talking about the game-winner.

In the third quarter, the Warriors built a nine-point lead and seemed poised to break the contest open, but Westbrook took over. He forced turnovers, got out in transition and drew contact to get to the free-throw line, where he shot 12-of-15 overall.

Westbrook brought intense energy when the rest of his team looked completely flat, and that helped ignite the Thunder.

Of course, he then proceeded to hit the buzzer-beater in overtime.

The 6'3" guard added seven assists to go along with his 34 points.

 

Serge Ibaka Was Dominant

While Westbrook will get most of the press thanks to his game-winner, Ibaka was the best player on the floor for OKC on Friday night.

He was absolutely dominant in the paint, swatting four shots and altering an innumerable amount of others. He made David Lee's night miserable inside, holding the Warriors big man to 2-of-12 shooting.

Ibaka also served as a deterrent to Curry and Klay Thompson drives, coaxing them into taking tougher shots further away from the rim.

The power forward also scored 18 points and hauled in 13 rebounds.

 

Klay Thompson Struggled

Although he scored 13 points in a big third period, Thompson struggled mightily for most of the night.

The 2-guard started out 1-of-12 from the floor and misfired on his first six three-point attempts, and nearly every time he tried to post up, he had the ball knocked away.

Thompson's most costly mistake, however, came in overtime.

With 9.4 seconds left and his team up by two, Klay allowed a loose ball to go out of bounds. He had a good two seconds to grab the rock, but instead, he let it fall out of play. Little did Thompson know that the ball touched him last.

Oklahoma City was awarded the basketball, and Westbrook then hit the buzzer-beater.

Thompson shot 5-for-19 tonight, but none of those misses were as glaring as that gaffe he made in the extra period.

 

Free Throws, Free Throws, Free Throws

The Warriors missed nine free throws in this one. Think about that for a second. If they just make one more of those in regulation, we probably wouldn't have even seen overtime.

It wasn't just the fact that they didn't convert at the line, though. It's that they didn't get there enough.

The Thunder took 17 more free throws than Golden State. They were much more aggressive in taking the ball to the rack, and it shows in the stat sheet.

A perfect example came with the Dubs up two in overtime. Harrison Barnes had Westbrook on him, and instead of taking the smaller player into the post to potentially draw a foul, he settled for a jumper.

Of course, it doesn't help matters much that OKC has Ibaka in the middle, but that should not stop a good team like the Warriors from being aggressive.

 

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