Golden State Warriors are one defeat away from being eliminated from the NBA Playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Russell Westbrook’s triple-double, defeated the Warriors 118-94 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals to assert a command 3-1 series lead.
Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds while Andre Roberson (17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks) and Serge Ibaka (17 points, 7 rebounds) thrived on both sides of the floor as the Thunder out-scored Warriors 24-12 in the final quarter to close the deal. |Final Box Score|
After trailing the Thunder 72-53, Golden State cut the lead to within six in the third quarter following Klay Thompson’s hot shooting streak. But just when Thompson began to catch fire, the Thunder found a way to once again run away with the game when Westbrook decided to take over.
Forgettable night for Stephen Curry, Warriors
Stephen Curry, the reigning league MVP, had another forgettable night, going 2-10 from deep and 6-20 overall. Curry also made a bunch of careless turnovers down the stretch to allow Thunder to dominate on transition.
As has been the trend this series, Thunder destroyed Warriors on the boards (56-41). The Warriors will need to win the next three games to script a remarkable turnaround and qualify for the NBA Finals.
Steve Kerr, coach of the Warriors, isn’t ready to thrown in the towel. “We all have to bounce back. The good news is, we go home. Obviously we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Westbrook and the Thunder are confident about closing out the series. “I play every game like it’s my last, regardless of who’s in front of me. That’s my job, and my job is to worry about my team, and that’s all I do. I think we’re in a good place, but like I said, this game is over. We’ve got to move on to the next game. Every game is different.”
The Warriors’ record-breaking season is on the line Thursday.