Stephen Curry, Warriors Storm Back To Level Series
Stephen Curry (28 points, 5-8 3pt) scored 15 consecutive points in less than 2 minutes during the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors landed a knockout blow to Oklahoma City Thunder before a 118-91 blowout victory Wednesday night to square the Western Conference Finals at one win apiece.Advertisement
Curry’s incredible scoring stretch meant Warriors converted a 5-point lead to a 20-point lead, outscoring the Thunder 61-42 in the second half after a competitive first half. The Warriors found their mojo back in Game 2 after a disappointing Game 1 which saw none of their bench players make a significant contribution. |Final Box Score|
Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t surprised with Curry’s performance. “Business as usual. This is what he does. I feel great joy. It’s true.” Meanwhile, Klay Thompson said his team needed the win to regain the momentum. “We responded all year long whether it was a bad loss or a sloppy win. We come back sharp the next game, and it’s a testament to everybody on this team.”
Draymond Green tried his best to rattle the Thunder with a more physical brand of basketball, finishing with a tally of 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Green finished with only 3 fouls but things nearly got out of hand in the 3rd when he escaped a fourth technical foul for the postseason. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson contributed 11 and 15 points respectively.
Warriors bench comes up big…
The Warriors bench accounted for 50 points with Andre Igudala (14 points, 3 steals), Mo Speights (13 points) and Festus Ezili (12 points) helping the NBA champions regain the momentum. The Warriors collectively shot 50% from the field and 46% from deep after a poor shooting night on Monday.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant had a sublime game, hitting 11 out of 18 shots for his 29 points. However, his partner in crime – Russell Wesbtrook – had another streaking shooting night, going 5/14 from the field for his 16 points. Westbrook was -27 when on the floor, a forgettable night.
Besides Durant and Westbrook, none of the Thunder players scored in double digits just two nights after four of their five starters finished with double-doubles. They shot a paltry 30% from deep and 44% overall and didn’t play the lockdown defense that was seen during the first game of the series.
The series now shifts to Oklahoma for Game 2 on Sunday night. Has Stephen Curry found his mojo?