Oklahoma City Thunder 115 FinalRecap | Box Score 116 Golden State Warriors
David Lee, PF 36 MIN | 10-22 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | 0Warriors fed Lee in the post a lot during the contest, especially during the 4Q when they seemed set on trying to get Durant to foul out. While the 20 points helps, the four rebounds hurt as the Thunder out-rebounded the Warriors 48-31. Coach Jackson attributed that to a multitude of reasons, but the bottom line is that a mere four rebounds against the West’s best won’t cut it next time. Lee has to be more active on the glass.
Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +5What a shot. While his defense on Durant frustrated the superstar all night and his nine assists helped set the offense all night, it’s the last second shot that will stay in the hearts and minds of everyone. Dre has officially arrived, and if his point guard stat lines, hounding defense and facilitation of the offense didn’t certify him as the newest and brightest Warrior, this game winner will. Welcome to the team.
Andrew Bogut, C 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -1Along with Lee, Bogut didn’t do well on the glass tonight. While asking for more than seven rebounds might be a tad greedy, the Warriors getting outrebounded by 17 isn’t acceptable. But, the team committed a season low seven turnovers which helped ease the pain of the addition Thunder possessions. While this team will (thankfully) never be considered “Lob City”, I can get used to the Bogut backdoor cuts that lead to these numerous open lobs. Just saying.
Stephen Curry, PG 43 MIN | 8-22 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | -4Curry didn’t have his best shooting night in terms of efficiency, but his presence was definitely felt on the offensive end regardless. Even when he’s not draining every three, the defense has to take into account his ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor every time down the floor. Tonight, this helped Thompson find numerous open looks and he took advantage of them.
Klay Thompson, SG 38 MIN | 10-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 27 PTS | 0Thompson and his fellow Splash Brother got things going early as they combined to shoot 4/5 from deep in the 1Q. Playing every second of the 1Q, Thompson was given the incredible task of shadowing Westbrook all game. It takes more than one player to guard the oft-hectic Westbrook, and as one of the quicker players in the league Thompson did an admirable job. Westbrook finds ways to score in ways few others can. Thompson’s efficient shooting helped give the Warriors the early lead, and despite the near-collapse at the end, the Warriors wouldn’t mind him shooting 66.7% from the field the rest of the season.

Three Things We Saw

        1. Quote of the game, courtesy of Mark Jackson: “They were down. Upset. You look up and ‘How did they climb all the way back? How?’ You start beating yourself up. That’s when you have a moment. They looked at each other and realized there is still time left and we can execute because we work on it every day. I think it’s a great lesson for us because you can tell yourself that but it’s another thing to experience it.”
        2. Looking ahead: the Warriors now embark on a home/home against the Utah Jazz, which begins Saturday night at Oracle Arena and concludes Monday in Utah. The Warriors will see old friends Richard Jefferson, Brandon Rush and Andris Biedrins. Utah is 1-8 on the season.
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    It’s part of growing as a team to figure out how to battle back, and pull out a win. Lots of new pieces, some back from injury, playing together as a group for the first time. Promising so far and more growth to come this season.

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