Warriors Can’t Stop Kevin Durant, Thunder Up 2-1
Kevin Durant (33 points, 10-15 FG, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks) entered Beast Mode Sunday with a performance for the ages as the Oklahoma City Thunder pummeled the Golden State Warriors 133-105 to assert a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.Advertisement
Thunder’s 133 points matched a franchise record for most points scored in a postseason game. With the momentum firmly in OKC’s corner, the Warriors have a tall task ahead heading into Game 3 on Tuesday. If Thunder take a 3-1 lead, they would be the odds-on favorites to reach the NBA finals. |Final Box Score|
Kevin Durant too hot to handle…
Russell Westbrook, Durant’s partner in crime, also had a stellar outing with 30 points and 12 assists as the Warriors had no answer to Thunder’s onslaught in front of a hostile crowd. Westbrook was 2 rebounds shy of a triple-double and was an unprecedented +41 when on the floor.
The Thunder were aggressive at getting to the rim as Durant and Westbrook made a combined 21 out of 23 free throws – while the entire Warriors team made only 19 out of 25 free throws.
Serge Ibaka, the third wheel in Thunder’s Big Three, contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds, while Enes Kanter added 10 points and 12 rebounds, as OKC out-rebounded Golden State 52-38 – a clear indicator that they played with more hustle and energy in the glass. In what has been the pattern this series, the team with more rebounds has prevailed victorious.
Forgettable night for Stephen Curry…
Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson went a combined 5/19 from deep as the reigning NBA champions never found their offensive rhythm. No other Warrior scored in double-digits with Draymond Green (7 points, 2 rebounds) having his worst game in the postseason.
The Thunder opened up a massive lead in the second quarter, outscoring Warriors 38-19 to finish the first half with a 72-47 advantage. It was extremely improbable for the Warriors to overcome a 25-point deficit, and as expected, they rested most of their starters during the final quarter.
Meanwhile, Warriors forward Draymond Green escaped a technical 2 when he kicked Thunder big man Steven Adams in the groin. Thunder fans booed Green for the majority of the game and it seemingly affected the Warriors all-star’s rhythm during the game. Green collected just four rebounds in 32 minutes. Warriors were outscored by 43 points when Green was in the game – a telling statistic going into the next game.
Kevin Durant & Co. will now try and assert a 3-1 lead on Tuesday.