It was Golden State’s 44th straight win at home, tying the National Basketball Association record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
As Golden State is wont to do, the Warriors relied on sharpshooting, ball-sharing and some perfectly orchestrated pandemonium to slip past Oklahoma City.
If Golden State was looking like the betting favorite to break the Bulls all time record for wins in a season, what are they after Thursday night? Those games included a 121-118 Golden State win in overtime at Oklahoma City on Saturday. Asked before the game to assess the amount of pressure his team was facing in its effort to extend its home-court winning streak, Warriors coach Steve Kerr blurted, “Zero”.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook (0) blocks a pass intended for Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter of their game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
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.
Head coach Steven Kerr echoed the point guard’s sentiments, suggesting the team have more self-belief than when they won the championship previous year.
Curry’s key play came after backcourt mate Klay Thompson had misfired on a 3-point attempt. Curry finished with his customary 33 points, but his 5-of-15 shooting from outside is downright poor for a player of his abilities.
For the sake of the game you would hope Curry and Iguodala are available, but the Warriors may be conservative with such important players.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP registered four double-doubles and carved his first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 10 boards and 10 assist on February 8 in the Cav’s 120-100 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.
Westbrook, meanwhile, hit only eight of his 24 shots, including one of eight from 3-point range.
“We’re not going to do anything insane, obviously”, Kerr said.
“I’m just playing in the flow of the game”.
“When you’re in a rhythm like that, you want to do everything you can to carry the load”. “When you hear, honestly, legends, kind of come at you, it’s kind of just weird“, he said. Payne and Morrow could provide some help to the Thunder’s lack of outside shooting; they were just 4-20 from deep tonight.
Green, Iguodala and Livingston were among those taking on the defensive assignment against Durant, who was 11 for 17 from the field, but the Warriors prevailed and moved within a game of making more history. Golden State’s defense turned up the heat in the fourth quarter, bottling up the Thunder’s stagnant offense.
The Thunder need to find a way to stop the bleeding, and they’ll face the Los Angeles Clippers, Spurs and Trail Blazers within their next five games. “We’ve definitely got to get it under control“. “And I mean that.”… Aldridge scored six of the Spurs’ next eight points, and Leonard’s 15-footer from the right baseline tied the game at 86 with 2:37 left.