OKLAHOMA CITY — It was a disastrous trip to Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors who lost back-to-back games for the first time this season in blowout fashion.
After a 118-94 victory the Thunder are one win away from ensuring a disappointing end to a record-breaking season for the Champs.
And now, all of a sudden those 73 wins don’t seem so important.
“It’s a terrible feeling once again not stepping up and being ourselves and playing our game,” unanimous MVP Stephen Curry said. “But I think we’re a special team and that this isn’t how we’re going to go out.”
Russell Westbrook was relentless, constantly attacking the Warriors in transition and finishing with a triple-double — 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.
Kevin Durant added 26 points but it was his defense and rim protection that were most impressive as he contributed three blocks and four steals.
The Thunder’s stars delivered, but their MVP on this night was Andre Roberson, who was active on both sides of the ball and took advantage of Golden State sagging off him. He logged a career-high 17 points while adding 12 rebounds and five steals.
“They made some great adjustments getting him to the right spots on the floor, and he’s obviously finishing plays in the paint and making some timely baskets,” Curry said. “We’ve got to look at the film to figure it out where our rotations are and things like that. But he’s doing a great job.”
The Warriors made a run led by Klay Thompson that was derailed when he picked up his fourth foul late in the third and was taken out by coach Steve Kerr.
Regardless, the halftime deficit was too much to overcome again for Golden State, which gave up 72 points in the first half in back-to-back games in OKC.
“We definitely have to do a better job early on,” Draymond Green said. “They get their early lead then we come back and we’re right there and then all of a sudden they make their run. Got to be better early on to be able to withstand their run and we haven’t done that.”
The Thunder now hold a 3-1 lead and the Dubs are left scrambling for an answer to OKC’s size, speed and athleticism.
“I think we’ll respond well,” Kerr said. “Like I said, we go home, lick our wounds a little bit and we play very well at home. The idea is just to take it a step at a time. So we’ll bounce back.”
Bottom line, the 73 Dubs will have to win three-straight games to keep their season alive.