Warriors vs. Thunder: Live Updates, Highlights and Reaction

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12:00am UTC Mar 21, 2017Oklahoma City, OK
Jared Johnson

The Golden State Warriors ran away from the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-95 in a physical contest Monday night. Late in the first half, Stephen Curry and Semaj Christon got into a scuffle before a jump ball, leading to a scrum that resulted in four technical fouls. The difference in the game, though, was three-point shooting, as Golden State finished 15-of-33 from downtown to Oklahoma City's 4-of-21. For the Warriors, Klay Thompson finished with 34 points and six rebounds, Stephen Curry had 23 points and six assists and Draymond Green chipped in 10 rebounds and six assists. Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet for the Thunder with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but he also shot just 4-of-16 from the field and had five turnovers.

  1. March 21, 2017
  2. 2:51 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95 — Final

  3. 2:50 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95 — Final

    Key stats:

    Warriors: K. Thompson (34 pts, 6 reb) S. Curry (23 pts, 6 ast) J. McGee (10 pts, 5 reb) D. Green (10 reb, 6 ast)

    Thunder: V. Oladipo (17 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast) R. Westbrook (15 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast on 4-of-16 shooting) Kanter (15 pts, 10 reb)

  4. 2:42 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95 — Final

  5. 2:42 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95 — Final

  6. 2:51 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 95 — Final

    The Thunder reserves made the score a bit more cosmetically appealing, but make no mistake: this was a shellacking.

  7. 2:36 am

    Warriors 111, Thunder 89 — 1:57 Left in the Fourth Quarter

    Everybody keeps saying they want a Thunder-Warriors playoff series, but I don't. Most of the games wouldn't be close, even though the bad blood will make them somewhat entertaining.

  8. 2:31 am

    Warriors 110, Thunder 87 — 3:08 Left in the Fourth Quarter

    Cole has quickly fallen out of favor in OKC and definitely isn't the team's top option at backup point guard. I mean, a negative player efficiency rating is pretty bad...

  9. 2:25 am

    Warriors 104, Thunder 82 — 6:00 left in the fourth quarter

    As the broadcast crew has mentioned several times throughout the night, the biggest difference between these two teams is three-point shooting (and the spacing that comes from having good shooters). The Warriors are 15-of-33 from downtown tonight, and the Thunder are just 4-of-19.

  10. 2:18 am

    Warriors 100, Thunder 73 — 8:34 Left in the Fourth Quarter

    This is not a game that will help Russell Westbrook's MVP candidacy. He's shot just 4-of-16 with five turnovers and is a game-worst minus-25 when on the floor tonight.

  11. 2:15 am

    Warriors 94, Thunder 70 — 10:25 Left in the Fourth Quarter

    This is quite the statistic. Also surprising that Westbrook has only defended four of the Splash Brothers' shots.

  12. 2:13 am

    Warriors 92, Thunder 66 — End of Third Quarter

  13. 2:13 am

    Warriors 92, Thunder 66 — End of Third Quarter

  14. 2:12 am

    Warriors 92, Thunder 66 — End of Third Quarter

    The third quarter ended very similarly to the second quarter—with a back-breaking Stephen Curry three. Steph is up to 7-of-12 from downtown now.

  15. 2:08 am

    Warriors 89, Thunder 63 — 52.0 seconds left in the third quarter

    After a difficult defensive start to the quarter, the Warriors are now totally locked in. OKC's shooting overall in this game is just 36.5 percent.

  16. 2:18 am

    Warriors 89, Thunder 63 — 1:26 Left in the Third Quarter

    This could've been called as either a common foul or a flagrant-1 and I wouldn't have minded too much. It was ruled a flagrant-1.

  17. 2:04 am

    Warriors 83, Thunder 61 — 2:52 Left in the Third Quarter

    This is remarkable. It's down to plus-16 now, but Pachulia is only minus-3 while playing with and against similar personnel.

  18. 2:02 am

    Warriors 83, Thunder 59 — 2:52 left in the third quarter

    Yeah, this one is getting out of hand, thanks mostly to Klay Thompson and his 32 points.

  19. 1:58 am

    Warriors 78, Thunder 55 — 4:51 Left in the Third Quarter

    Emphasis on AGAIN there. The Splash Brothers now have 12 threes through two and a half quarters.

  20. 2:05 am

    Warriors 75, Thunder 55 — 5:14 Left in the Third Quarter

    It appears Steph and Klay are done with their slumps. The Warriors aren't going to lose many games in which they shoot a combined 11-of-20 from three.

  21. 2:04 am

    Warriors 72, Thunder 55 — 6:08 Left in the Third Quarter

    Wow—I had no idea he hadn't gotten one so far this season. I guess he's usually pulling up for three or being safe with a layup on the break.

  22. 1:50 am

    Warriors 69, Thunder 55 — 6:37 Left in the Third Quarter

    There's the edge you get with McGee instead of Pachulia. Zaza has had a rough night overall, with 1-of-4 shooting, four fouls and a minus-three on/off differential.

  23. 1:46 am

    Warriors 64, Thunder 52 — 8:57 Left in the Third Quarter

    If you were looking for Russell Westbrook to come out with some fire in the second half, you got it. Russ has a quick eight points and the Thunder deficit is down to 12 points.

  24. 1:44 am

    Warriors 64, Thunder 52 — 8:57 Left in the Third Quarter

    Pretty much. That's an annoying call that happens more and more in the NBA as players learn that refs fall for it.

  25. 1:41 am

    Warriors 64, Thunder 46 — 9:56 left in the third quarter

    After that last three by Klay, the Splash Brothers are now 9-of-16 from three-point range. Those 27 points are a huge chunk of the Warriors' 64.

  26. 1:35 am

    Warriors 59, Thunder 39 — Halftime

    You have to admit this is pretty inexcusable, especially against Steph. However, I don't think his below-average defense disqualifies him from the MVP discussion.

  27. 2:03 am

    Warriors 59, Thunder 39 — Halftime

    Key halftime stats:

    Warriors: K. Thompson (18 pts, 5 reb) S. Curry (17 pts, 4 reb) D. Green (2 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast)

    Thunder: S. Adams (8 pts) T. Gibson (8 pts) R. Westbrook (7 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast on 2-of-12 shooting) E. Kanter (5 pts, 5 reb)

  28. 1:24 am

    Warriors 59, Thunder 39 — Halftime

  29. 1:24 am

    Warriors 59, Thunder 39 — Halftime

  30. 1:22 am

    Warriors 59, Thunder 39 — Halftime

    I don't really get the Thunder's approach of poking this potent Warriors bear. When both teams are locked in, Golden State is clearly better.

  31. 1:19 am

    Warriors 56, Thunder 39 — 5.3 Seconds Left in the Second Quarter

    Here's the video from that scuffle. There will be four technicals on that play: Curry and Green for the Warriors, and Westbrook and Christon for the Thunder.

  32. 1:18 am

    Warriors 56, Thunder 39 — 5.3 Seconds Left in the Second Quarter

    You don't expect the two instigators to be Steph and Christon when Westbrook is on the floor. In case you didn't realize it, these two teams don't like each other.

  33. 1:12 am

    Warriors 52, Thunder 33 — 2:30 Left in the Second Quarter

    This game couldn't be going much worse for Russell Westbrook. His Thunder are down 19 (minus-20 with him on the floor) and he is shooting 2-of-11 with three turnovers. He may have been fouled on that last turnover, though.

  34. 1:08 am

    Warriors 45, Thunder 33 — 3:52 Left in the Second Quarter

    Matt Barnes has defended excellently tonight and has helped a great team-wide effort for the Warriors. OKC is shooting just 13-of-40 tonight (32.5 percent).

  35. 1:04 am

    Warriors 42, Thunder 29 — 5:53 left in the second quarter

    Russell Westbrook is staying aggressive, but shots just aren't dropping. The Thunder are going to have a hard time staying in this one if he continues his poor efficiency (2-of-9 shooting for five points).

  36. 1:02 am

    Warriors 40, Thunder 29 — 5:53 Left in the Second Quarter

    Klay Thompson is helping extend this lead for the Warriors with some outside buckets. He's quickly climbed up to 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, plus five rebounds.

  37. 12:57 am

    Warriors 32, Thunder 26 — 8:00 Left in the Second Quarter

    I'm interested to see if there's any specific booing of KD tonight, whether prompted by the Jumbotron or not.

  38. 12:53 am

    Warriors 29, Thunder 25 — 9:08 Left in the Second Quarter

    These are the only points of the quarter for the Thunder, but they've been just enough to keep up with a struggling Warriors offense. Christon also has five points now, the most he's had since Feb. 1.

  39. 12:51 am

    Warriors 29, Thunder 25 — 9:20 left in the second quarter

    Not really sure why Sabonis is trying to post up Draymond Green. The rookie power forward isn't quite ready for that matchup.

  40. 12:46 am

    Warriors 25, Thunder 22 — End of First Quarter

  41. 12:45 am

    Warriors 25, Thunder 22 — End of First Quarter

  42. 12:44 am

    Warriors 25, Thunder 22 — End of First Quarter

    Andre, you're an amazing defender, but there's no excuse for your free-throw shooting (43.1 percent) to be as bad as it is.

  43. 12:42 am

    Warriors 25, Thunder 22 — 2.6 Seconds Left in the First Quarter

    Here's that perfectly diagrammed ATO play for McGee.

  44. 12:38 am

    Warriors 23, Thunder 20 — 1:20 Left in the First Quarter

    A triple-double is looking pretty likely for Russ tonight. However, his first stint had mixed results—he shot just 1-of-6 for two points, but he did have five rebounds and four assists.

  45. 12:36 am

    Warriors 23, Thunder 18 — 2:35 Left in the First Quarter

    Kanter is one of the trickiest low-post scorers in the NBA. It's no coincidence the Thunder have been much better since he returned from his hand injury.

  46. 12:35 am

    Warriors 23, Thunder 18 — 3:30 Left in the First Quarter

    JaVale McGee just finished an alley-oop pass that not many guys could convert on a beautiful after-timeout play.

  47. 12:33 am

    Warriors 19, Thunder 16 — 4:22 left in the first quarter

    It appears Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are on from three-point range tonight. If they keep this up, OKC will be facing a significant uphill battle tonight.

  48. 12:29 am

    Warriors 19, Thunder 14 — 4:45 Left in the First Quarter

    I don't mind him going at the smaller Draymond Green, even though Green is a great defender. Maybe he can get him into some foul trouble.

  49. 12:28 am

    Warriors 13, Thunder 12 — 5:49 left in the fourth quarter

    Zaza Pachulia just made a basket, but he's really struggled early on. He has two turnovers on terrible passes and is 1-of-3 shooting.

  50. 12:24 am

    Warriors 8, Thunder 8 — 8:13 Left in the First Quarter

    Steph Curry is locked in right now. He has all eight Warriors points, with two pretty threes and a steal with a fast-break layup.

  51. 12:21 am

    Warriors 8, Thunder 8 — 8:13 Left in the First Quarter

    The Warriors looked like they were moving in slow motion in transition defense here.

  52. 12:20 am

    Thunder 8, Warriors 3 — 9:12 Left in the First Quarter

    That would have been a dunk of the year candidate.

  53. 12:19 am

    Thunder 6, Warriors 3 — 10:26 left in the first quarter

    The crowd is electric right now. The Thunder scored on their first three possessions and are extremely active on defense.

  54. 12:12 am

    No Surprise There

    The crowd booed every starter, but the boos were loudest for Zaza Pachulia and Draymond Green.

  55. 12:05 am

    Help for Russ

    The Thunder role players have been stepping it up quite a bit in the Thunder's five-game winning streak. If that support continues tonight against the KD-less Warriors, you have to think OKC is capable of an upset.

  56. March 20, 2017
  57. 11:59 pm

    Get Up, Russ

    Over/under on Russ' stat line tonight, for me: 37 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists.

  58. 11:56 pm

    Sixth Man of the Year?

    Enes Kanter is averaging 15.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game in the Thunder's five-game winning streak. He deserves serious consideration for the Sixth Man of the Year award.

  59. 11:47 pm

    What Will Durant Do?

    This is actually an interesting dilemma. KD, who cares about what people think of him, will come across as a coward for not entering the arena, but it could get ugly if he's in there.

  60. 11:41 pm

    No More Slump?

    Steph Curry hit six of his eight three-point attempts against the Bucks on Saturday, his first time making better than 40 percent of his threes in a game since Feb. 25. Is he back to his normal self?

  61. March 21, 2017
  62. 12:23 am

    Can He Make History?

    Russ hasn't played great against the Warriors this season (he shot just 12-of-38 in the first two meetings). But count on a lot of points, rebounds and assists from a hungry Westbrook and, eventually, a triple-double.