Stephen Curry Goes Cold in Crunch Time as Thunder Complete 14-Point Comeback

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The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs combined to lose just three home games during the regular season.

Now, the Oklahoma City Thunder have handed those teams three losses in their last three road games in the playoffs.

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals began as many likely expected—with Stephen Curry going bonkers.

Doing stuff like this.

Before predictably ending the half with a buzzer-beating three to take a 13-point lead into the break.

All the while, his counterpart Russell Westbrook struggled mightily from the floor, making just one of his first 10 shots and heading into halftime with just three points. The OKC point guard responded in the second, scoring 24 points the rest of the way and leading his team to a 14-point comeback and a 108-102 victory. Russ finished with 27 points, 12 assists, and 7 steals.

Kevin Durant struggled from the floor as well, finishing 10-of-30 from the field. But he hit perhaps the game's biggest bucket when it mattered most.

Meanwhile, as the Thunder stormed to the lead, the Warriors point guard went ice cold. He shot 1-of-6 in the fourth quarter, including this rejection by Durant.

Curry scored three points in the fourth, and didn't score over the last four and a half minutes.

The Warriors scored just 14 points in the final period. Curry's backcourtmate Klay Thompson went cold as well in the second half, shooting 3-of-10 and scoring just six of his 25 points.

"We just stayed with it on the defensive end, and when we got the shots late in the game, we were able to focus in and knock them down," Durant said. "We're just a resilient group and keep fighting 'til the end."

Curry wasn't happy with his team's performance on the offensive end.






 

"We got rushed and tried to go for the home run plays. Sometimes it works," Curry said. "Defensively, we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It's something we'll learn from going forward."

A controversial non-call on a possible Westbrook travel sent the Warriors into hysterics, and coach Steve Kerr suggested his team lost its composure.

"I do think we lost our poise a little bit," Kerr said. "And that had a lot to do with the quick shots."

The teams will play Game 2 on Wednesday night, back at Oracle Arena.