It wasn’t enough, though: the Warriors won again, 121-106, tying the “96 Chicago Bulls” record for consecutive home victories with 44.
After Ibaka drilled a 3-pointer to give the Thunder an 80-71 lead with 4:53 left in the third quarter, the Warriors closed the quarter on an 11-3 run and pushed it to 18-3 by opening the fourth on a 7-0 run.
The Warriors continue to struggle to contain Kevin Durant as he almost put up a triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
Durant had nine turnovers, his second-most this season.
Golden State and Oklahoma City engaged in the most thrilling contest of the season when they squared off Saturday and the two teams look to participate in another memorable contest when the Warriors host the Thunder on Thursday. The Warriors have a chance to tie the Bulls’ 90’s record for most home wins in a row, so there is more on the line than ever.
With four starters on the bench to start the period, Golden State scored the first seven points with the help of a 3-pointer by Marreese Speights and strong play from Livingston to take a six-point lead.
Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range, one night after San Antonio clinched its 19th straight playoff berth with a victory at home against Detroit. Stephen Curry appears to be on track to repeat as the NBA’s MVP, as he is somehow playing better this season than he did last and, like last season, he is not playing a high volume of minutes. His best? Plus-20 against the Thunder on February 6. The Thunder need more games to see if their fourth quarter collapses are a painful blip due to a rough schedule, or a worrisome trend.
“I’m not happy about how we’re playing”, Durant said.
Kerr said the team would make a decision around game time depending on how Curry feels in the pre-game shootaround. The problem is that Andre Iguodala is also questionable for tonight, but fortunate for head coach Steve Kerr, Curry is more likely to play tonight.
As Golden State is wont to do, the Warriors relied on sharpshooting, ball-sharing and some perfectly orchestrated pandemonium to slip past Oklahoma City.
The Thunder came out of the halftime locker room re-energized, going on a quick run to erase Golden State’s lead.
The Warriors are revolutionizing the game – and that’s worth appreciating, celebrating, watching on a nightly basis. “If we want to be a great team, we’re fooling ourselves”. Curry finished with his customary 33 points, but his 5-of-15 shooting from outside is downright poor for a player of his abilities.
On the season, Golden State averages 115.3 points, 46.4 rebounds and 29.1 assists per game.
It’s a bit of a toss-up between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers as to who is the worst team in the National Basketball Association post-All-Star break.