We know the script by now, and it apparently doesn’t change when the Warriors are missing their best player. The Warriors are not only the far superior team, talent-wise; they’re a nightmare matchup for the Thunder, as they were yet again in their 111-95 victory over the Thunder.
The first period was competitive, but it quickly got out of hand in the second — the Warriors won the quarter 34-17. The frustration bubbled over with 5.6 seconds remaining, as Steph Curry and Semaj Christon got tangled up, resulting in a fracas between both teams:
Okay, it wasn’t so much a fracas as ten guys going ‘HOLD ME BACK!’ at the same time.
After that, Curry hit the equivalent of a 25-foot middle finger buzzer beater, and you had the sense the Warriors’ 20 point lead was insurmountable:
Russell Westbrook struggled mightily offensively and defensively in a game that could have bolstered his MVP chances. On defense, he left Curry open on the perimeter time and time again, a huge reason for Steph’s seven made threes. On offense, he shot just 4-of-16, scoring 15 and pulling down eight boards and seven assists.
Westbrook had a very poor game, but he was still the Thunder’s best players. Steven Adams barely felt as if he was in the game, and it shows in the box score: just one rebound and nine points in 22 minutes.
Victor Oladipo scored 17 points, adding six boards, five assists, and two steals to his tally.
For the Warriors, it was the Steph and Klay show — yet again. Curry, seemingly shaking off his recent shooting slump, scoring 23 and hitting seven three-pointers. Klay Thompson, who never seems to miss in Chesapeake Energy Arena, scored 34, pulling in six rebounds.
The Warriors improve to 56-14, while the Thunder fall to 40-30. Next up for OKC: they take on the 76ers at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 7 P.M.