Weirdly, this was a fun game to watch.
Stephen Curry was fantastic once again. He shot 70 percent from the field and hit 11-of-16 3-point attempts to lead the Dubs with 42 points in just 29 minutes of action. Draymond Green continued to show he can still play at an All-Stat level after finishing with a triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists) and helping Golden State to a third-straight win.
“Nothing surprises me with Steph. He did have a stretch earlier this year that seemed similar, maybe not quite to this extreme, but he’s obviously so capable of this,” head coach Steve Kerr said following the win. “When we play small like we’re doing it spreads the floor and he gets opportunities … it’s really a comfortable game for Steph and Draymond when we play this way.”
It was a collective performance from the Warriors, with five players scoring in double-figures, and they finished with 39 assists as a team.
Golden State also tied the franchise record for most 3s in a game with 24. The Dubs’ reserves tried mightily over the final 10 minutes to set a new mark but missed several attempts.
The Warriors had their way on the offensive end in the first quarter and led 36-32 after one. The bench guys came in and dominated early in the second. Led by Jordan Poole, the Dubs went on a 13-4 run over the first 3:30 of the second quarter and extended their lead to 13.
Golden State never looked back from there. It held Oklahoma without a point for more than four minutes in the second quarter and built up a 20-point lead with just over three minutes left to go in the half.
Curry had 17 points, while Poole had 14 after two. The Warriors shot an impressive 55.1 percent from the field and connected on 13 out of their 25 attempts beyond the arc over the first two quarters, and took a 75-54 lead into the break.
The beatdown got even worse after halftime. Stephen Curry scored 25 points points in the quarter and helped the Dubs outscore OKC 50-29 in the period to take a ridiculous 43-point into the final quarter.
Every game is a big one down the stretch as the Warriors try and lock down a play-in spot. They need to win every time they plan an inferior opponent like the Thunder down the stretch. With the victory, the Dubs improved to 27-28 and are tied with the San Antonio Spurs for ninth in the Western Conference. Both teams hold a two-game lead over the 11th place New Orleans Pelicans.
Golden State will have the opportunity to win four games in a row for the first time all season when it takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.