A 16-0 run in the first quarter sent a message early that this wouldn’t just be a “bounceback game” for the defending champs. The hustle from Russell Westbrook was too much for the Warriors early on.
— NBA (@NBA) May 25, 2016
OKC carried a 72-53 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Dubs slowly worked their way back.
Klay Thompson got hot midway through the third quarter to help bring Golden State to within four points.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 25, 2016
Thompson dropped 19 points in the third quarter alone, but was barely heard from the rest of the game.
Various daggers from Kevin Durant prevented the Warriors from making a real comeback, despite their pulling within four. It was back to a 20-point lead within a matter of minutes.
Thunder FIGHTS off GS charge in Q3, leads 94-82 headed to 4th. Kevin Durant 22p-9r. Russell Westbrook 31p-10a-9r. https://t.co/UNX8YnB9oC
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 25, 2016
Durant would finish with 26, but his defensive contribution was key (4 steals, 3 blocks), as he used his length to prevent Golden State from getting easy shots.
But the real star was Russell Westbrook, who finished with a triple-double (36 points,11 assists, 11 rebounds) in the 118-94 victory.
Now the Warriors will face perhaps their biggest test ever. Can they win three in a row? Not if that Thunder defense keeps shutting them down. Stephen Curry was cold (19 points, 2-of-10 from three) and Draymond Green was nonexistent (6 points).
This is the first time all season the Warriors have lost two in a row, so the idea of them winning three straight isn't crazy. But for the first time in a while, Golden State will be the underdog.