Warriors improve to 5-1 with win over OKC Thunder

SAN FRANCISCO – Five players scored in double-figures for the Warriors, led by Stephen Curry’s 20 points, five rebounds and six assists. The Golden State bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 103-82 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in front of the 378th consecutive sellout crowd at Chase Center on tonight. 

The Warriors have won the last five games in the series against Oklahoma City, nine of the last 13 overall.

Now at 5-1, Golden State is tied for first of the Western Conference with the Utah Jazz. 

Curry struggled early to find his shot, and scored just five points on 2-of-6 shooting, including 1-of-6 from three-point land in the first half. 

The Warriors carried a 55-44 lead into halftime with their best player having an off night. But by the third quarter, Curry woke up scoring 17 points while knocking down five three-pointers as Golden State outscored the Thunder 27-14. 

Overall, Curry shot 7-of-16 from the field, and 6-of-13 on three-pointers in 27 minutes. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter due to the Warriors 31 point lead over OKC.

”He’s obviously the head of the snake for them,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said before the game.

Golden State shot 21-of-52 on three-pointers, a 40-percent clip from the arc.

In the same breath, OKC was atrocious from deep shooting on just 8-of-39 on three-pointers. Credit the Warriors suffocating defense that limited the Thunder to 20-percent shooting from the perimeter.

Draymond Green was active early in the game and scored 11 of Golden State’s 28 points in the first quarter. Green shot 5-of-6 from the floor, including a three-pointer from straightaway. 

He scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Golden State controlled the boards, they outrebounded Oklahoma City 56-45.

The Warriors finished with 15 turnovers tonight, which was a great improvement from the 23 turnovers on Thursday night’s 104-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

“After all the turnovers on Thursday night, we needed a solid outing and we got it,” said Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr. “The offense clicked, and the defense was rock solid.”

Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole added 14 points apiece. Otto Porter Jr. chipped in 10 points off the bench for the Warriors. 

It was a welcoming site seeing both of Golden State’s 2021 lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody get into the game. 

Damion Lee sat out tonight’s games with a shoulder contusion, so Moody got some minutes. Moody finished with five points on 2-of-6 shooting, including a three-pointer and three rebounds. 

After missing the first five games of the season with a strained right patella tendon, Kuminga checked into the game midway through the fourth quarter with a loud cheer from the crowd. 

His first NBA bucket was a three-pointer from the right side of the arc. 

“It felt great. I was waiting for this moment,” Kuminga said after receiving the game ball. “Everyone was waiting for this moment.”

The Thunder were held to 35.8-percent shooting from the field. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the first half. Gilgeous-Alexander shot 6-of-14 from the floor to go along with his five assists. Luguentz Dort scored 14 points on 4-of-10 from the field.

The Warriors have a few days off before their next game Wednesday night, when they host the visiting Charlotte Hornets. 

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