The Warriors came away with a 121-106 win Thursday and in doing so tied the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 with their NBA-record 44th straight regular-season home victory.
Though the Warriors have played exceptionally well against the NBA’s better teams, Kerr has been utilizing his deep bench to avoid wearing out his starters in such games.
We’re also well past the halfway mark of the season, and the playoffs are straight ahead. Their depth, especially with their second unit, was nowhere near the level of Golden State, and the Warriors were able to grind down any Thunder lead with mere time and efficient execution.
Number of consecutive wins the Golden State Warriors have chalked up at their home stadium, the Oracle Arena, where they are unbeaten so far this season.
The Warriors and Thunder provided a little deja vu Thursday night, as Golden State rode a late surge past Oklahoma City 121-104, their second win over the Thunder in six days.
After trailing by as many as nine in the third quarter and down 83-82 entering the final period, Golden State took the lead for good on Livingston’s two free throws in the first minute of the final quarter.
“That’s an fantastic accomplishment”, Curry said.
But Warriors owner Joe Lacob couldn’t get much conversation out of the diminutive superstar.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (54-5): Curry’s status is likely to be revealed at the mid-day shootaround and shooting guard Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green will be expected to lead the offense if Curry can’t play.
Steph Curry’s 37-footer in overtime last Saturday in Oklahoma City will be the iconic moment of the season series, but the Warriors went 3-0 against one of the Western Conference’s toughest teams due to their depth.
Curry returned from a one-game absence to score 33 points and claimed a third win this season against Kevin Durant, who had 32 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists but also committed nine turnovers.
Westbrook, meanwhile, hit only eight of his 24 shots, including one of eight from 3-point range.
“I don’t think I had to do anything extracurricular to get the 53 points”, said Jordan.
“I’m just playing in the flow of the game” . “Obviously we want to win, but this is where you see what you’re made of”.
Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson may have been the scoring leaders, but Speights and Livingston share the honor for superb contributions off the bench. OKC’s superstar, Kevin Durant is a former NBA MVP victor and averages 31 points against Warriors.
The Thunder opened up a nine-point lead in the third quarter when Durant hit a jump shot and Serge Ibaka followed with a 3-pointer. I understand they both struggle on the defensive side of the ball, but Foye and Waiters aren’t great defenders either. A flawless 11-0. The teams that are most expected to beat the Warriors have yet to do so.
Curry scored 33 points on 12/25 shooting.
LaMarcus Aldridge netted 26 points for San Antonio (52-9) which won its fifth consecutive road game. However, the Lakers are certainly making a claim for that title with their 3-17 record over their last 20 games and 1-6 record post-All-Star break. And I mean that.