NBA: Thunder demolish Warriors, grab 2-1 series lead
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Golden State Warriors 133-105 Sunday to take a two-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference finals.The 133 points are a T...
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined to score 63 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Golden State Warriors 133-105 Sunday to take a two-games-to-one lead in the Western Conference finals.
The 133 points are a Thunder playoff record and the most points scored by any team this postseason.
Durant scored 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Westbrook tallied 30 points and 12 assists, and he was two rebounds away from his first triple-double of the postseason.
Serge Ibaka scored 14, and Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters posted 13 points apiece. Enes Kanter amassed 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Steph Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, including 3-of-11 success from 3-point range. Klay Thompson scored 18 points.
Game 4 is Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
With their home crowd urging them on, the Thunder came out roaring to start the game. Led by the energy of Ibaka, they quickly took a 13-point lead.
The Warriors were able to come back and tie the game at 38-38 in the second quarter. But from that point on, Oklahoma City pulled away, outscoring the Warriors 34-9 the rest of the half.
The Thunder held a 72-47 halftime lead despite connecting on only three 3-pointers. They were able to do most of their work in the paint (34 points) and on fastbreaks (22).
Draymond Green, who was held to six points, four rebounds and three assists, kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin and was called for a controversial Flagrant Foul 1.
The pummeling continued in the third quarter. Golden State had no answers for any part of Oklahoma City’s offensive attack and defensive ferocity. Curry and Thompson didn’t help matters by missing shots they normally knock down.
Even as the lead grew to more than 30 points, Oklahoma City’s defense stayed focused on not allowing Golden State to find any momentum that could carry over into Game 4.
NOTES: Because the Western Conference semifinals were completed faster than expected, the conference finals endured three days off between Games 2 and 3. “I don’t think anybody needs three days off,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ... Thunder coach Billy Donovan is impressed with the way F Kevin Durant wants to improve his turnover issues during the postseason. “One thing I admire about Kevin is he’s very, very eager to learn and grow and get better,” Donovan said. “We talked about those turnovers.” ... Golden State G Stephen Curry takes pride in taking on the defensive assignment of guarding Oklahoma City G Russell Westbrook. “I just try to do my part. He is obviously an explosive athlete,” Curry said. “Just try and stay in front of him the best I can. Stay attached on pick and rolls, not give him any easy look, especially line drives to the basket. It’s been like that the last three or four years.”
NBA playoff schedule
(Best-of-7; x-if necessary)
Cleveland 2, Toronto 1
Tuesday, May 17: Cleveland 115, Toronto 84
Thursday, May 19: Cleveland 108, Toronto 89
Saturday, May 21: Toronto 99, Cleveland 84
Today: Cleveland at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25: Toronto at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
x-Friday, May 27: Cleveland at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
x-Sunday, May 29: Toronto at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City 2, Golden State 1
Monday, May 16: Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 102
Wednesday, May 18: Golden State 118, Oklahoma City 91
Sunday, May 22: Oklahoma City 133, Golden State 105
Tuesday, May 24: Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 26: Oklahoma City at Golden State, 8 p.m.
x-Saturday, May 28: Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
x-Monday, May 30: Oklahoma City at Golden State, 8 p.m.
Toronto or Cleveland vs. Oklahoma City or Golden State