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Thompson, Curry carry Warriors past Thunder

Sports Xchange

March 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Klay Thompson scored 34 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Thompson shot 12 of 21 from the field and was 7 of 15 from 3-point range. Steph Curry also buried seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points. JaVale McGee posted 10 points and four blocked shots as the Warriors raised their record to 56-14.

Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo scored a team-high 17 points, but Russell Westbrook had a subpar night. The MVP candidate was held to 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 11 points and Taj Gibson added 10 as the Thunder (40-30) saw their five-game win streak end.

Curry had his shot falling from the outset. With Westbrook guarding him, he dropped 11 points in the first quarter.

Conversely, Westbrook started the night shooting 1 of 6 from the field. Even though he had four assists in the quarter, his mindset was to attack and get his offense going. That seemed to fall right into the Warriors’ game plan.

While Golden State was far from at its best offensively, defensively it was able to take the Thunder out of their game and frustrate Oklahoma City.

Late in the second quarter, Westbrook and Curry got into a shoving match and the rest of the players on the floor got into the action as the teams had to be separated.

Technical fouls were called on Westbrook, Curry, Draymond Green and Oklahoma City’s Semaj Christon before the teams had a jump-ball situation.

The Warriors won the tap and got the ball to Curry, who was five feet behind the 3-point line. He let loose with a shot as the buzzer sounded. As soon as it went through the net, he sprinted off the court with Golden State leading 59-39.

Led by Westbrook and Oladipo, Oklahoma went on a 13-5 run to start the second half. It looked like the Thunder were back in the game.

However, that didn’t last long. Curry and Thompson knocked down a few 3-pointers to calm down the Oklahoma City fans.

But it was McGee who turned the tide with his work on the offensive glass. While he didn’t pull down the rebound, he was able to tip the loose balls out to Thompson, who made the Thunder pay with several shots from behind the arc.

Those plays broke Oklahoma City and they were unable to make a run the rest of the night. Westbrook stayed on the bench in the fourth.

NOTES: Late Sunday night, ESPN.com posted a report using anonymous sources that Golden State was unhappy with the Oklahoma City organization in how they allowed fans to treat F Kevin Durant when the teams played Feb. 11. Both coach Steve Kerr and G Stephan Curry refuted the story Monday. “This league is a very interesting place all the way through,” Curry said. “Certain stories that don’t need to see the light of day, don’t need to have any life breathed into them somehow are the most popular. That’s kind of how it goes. To me, it’s kind of comical what can be put in the spotlight during an 82-game year.” … With just 12 games left in the season, the Thunder are one of the few teams who have not used the designate DNP-Rest.

 

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