Defense was optional for both sides for the rest of the first half, and Golden State took a 63-61 lead into the locker room.
The Golden State Warriors matched the National Basketball Association record for most consecutive home wins with a 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Honestly”, Stephen Curry said, “if we are a 70-win team and champions versus a 73-win team and depleted energy and banged up going into the playoffs, we’re trying to avoid that. It’s a compliment to us as a team, our coaching staff and obviously our fans who bring that atmosphere every night to give us the ultimate home-court advantage”.
It wasn’t enough, though: the Warriors won again, 121-106, tying the “96 Chicago Bulls” record for consecutive home victories with 44.
The Warriors swept the season series with the Thunder and improved their record to 55-5 and 26-0 at home.
During the game, Durant was seen briefly chatting with Steven Kerr the head coach for Golden State on the Golden State sideline.
We’re also well past the halfway mark of the season, and the playoffs are straight ahead.
Kevin Durant led all Thunder scorers with 32 points on 11-17 from the field, while going 10 of 11 from the charity stripe.
“I’m not happy with the way we’re playing”, Durant said.
Klay Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors, and Shaun Livingston had 11 points and eight assists off the bench.
Oklahoma City cut the margin to as few as two with 6:01 on the clock, but Golden State appeared in firm control once it took the lead early in the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook scored 22 points, and Ibaka added 20.
Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson may have been the scoring leaders, but Speights and Livingston share the honor for superb contributions off the bench. For the sake of this argument, we’ll focus exclusively on two criteria: individual statistics/accolades and team success. “We try to come in and all do our parts and do our jobs and hopefully overwhelm them over a 48-minute game”.
Curry showed no sign of being hampered after missing the previous game with a sprained left ankle.
lSacramento Kings 104 Dallas Mavericks 101: DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 18 points with 12 assists against his former club, and the visiting Kings (25-35) snapped a 22-game regular-season losing streak at Dallas.
While the Thunder were still clinging to a lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Westbrook was struggling from the field.
Warriors: Speights is 4 for 4 from 3-point range the past two games after making just eight 3s coming into March….
“I asked him where he ate last night”, Kerr said, tongue-in-cheek. “I felt like we were more consistent tonight than we were (Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers). I did it, I made turnovers, I played in a crowd when I shouldn’t have, I tried to make passes that I shouldn’t make, but at the end of the day I just tried to play the right way”.
Warriors: Prince attended the game and sat next to Golden State owner Joe Lacob….