If you thought the Oklahoma City Thunder’s victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was a fluke, think again.
A 34-28 first quarter sent a message early for the Thunder in their first home game of the series, as their two superstars looked locked and loaded to play against the defending champs in front of their home crowd.
But it was a 38-19 second quarter that set OKC apart, making a statement that Durant’s squad may be the best in the West.
Durant put up 33 points, and his running mate Westbrook added 30 points of his own on 10-of-19 shooting to put Golden State in their place.
I cannot emphasize enough how much of a mismatch OKC’s big men are to the defending champs. Sure, they shot 50 percent compared to the Warriors’ 41 percent, but the rebounding numbers tell it all (52-38 OKC).
By no means is Golden State out of the series, but for the first time, it looks like Oklahoma City can win it. As long as they continue to defend the perimeter and rely on their big men to rebound, they’re the toughest team in the NBA to beat.