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Warriors can’t finish big comeback, lose 114-108 to Thunder

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D’Angelo Russell scored 32 points, but wounded Golden State can’t steal the win despite clawing out of a 23-point hole.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder held off a late comeback from the Golden State Warriors to prevail 114-108.

The Warriors had five players score in double figures, led by D’Angelo Russell’s 32 points on 11-of-20 shooting (4-of-8 from beyond the arc). Golden State was without Eric Paschall due to a hip injury, but they never stopped fighting on the second game of the back-to-back.

First Half

For the second time this year, the Dubs ran into a buzzsaw immediately inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Every Thunder player that checked in during the first half scored, led by Steven Adams’ bullying his way to 5-of-6 shooting on various putbacks and point blank dunks.

Danilo Gallinari and Darius Bazley both scored 9 points a piece, utilizing the three-ball to penalize Golden State’s defensive mistakes. OKC shot 9-of-18 from downtown, contributing to them 55% shooting from the field after two quarters.

Russell and Alec Burks combined to go 8-of-15 from the field early on, but as a team the Dubs shot 16-of-40 going into intermission. The squad clearly lacked offensive power, compounding their struggles on the defensive end.

Thunder 60, Warriors 43

Second Half

The Thunder lead went up to as high as 23 and Golden State’s already thin roster took another hit as Omari Spellman left with an ankle injury. It wasn’t looking good, until the Warriors hunkered into a defensive zone that completely flustered OKC.

The Dubs suddenly found a second wind despite playing on the second end of a back-to-back. Marquese Chriss suddenly transformed into a shot-blocking, power dunking beast.

Russell began heating up, proving his 52 point performance the night before was not an aberration. He scored 17 points in the third, taking over for the Warriors in superhuman display of scoring. The Dubs would tie the game by the end of the third quarter on a deep bomb from Russell at the buzzer.

The Thunder surged back out to a a 95-88 lead with a little over eight minutes to go. The Dubs would cut it to 112-108 with 15 seconds left, but CP3 free throws effectively locked up the game.

The Thunder finished the game shooting 54% from the field (46%) from beyond the arc. The Dubs shot 49% but only converted 7-of-22 of their three-pointers (31%). They continued their excellent free throw shooting though, nailing all 17 free throw attempts.

The Warriors didn’t mail it in despite the difficult circumstances, but the Thunder weren’t gonna lose this one at home.