In the closing seconds of the first half on Monday night, Stephen Curry slipped out on the break, reeled in a touchdown pass from Klay Thompson and drained a 25-footer just before the buzzer sounded.
After briefly striking a pose, Curry proceeded to sprint directly into the locker room on a night when the Golden State Warriors sprinted past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-95.
“That was dope,” Draymond Green told reporters of the Splash Brothers’ connection. “Heads up play by Klay to get the pass out to Steph and great shot.”
With Kevin Durant sitting on the bench at Chesapeake Energy Arena — the first time he’s done so since injuring his left knee — the Dubs completed their 4-0 season sweep over Oklahoma City. Golden State commanded a lead of at least 25 points in all four contests, producing a combined +/- of +79.
Moments before Curry sank his buzzer-beating triple, the back-to-back MVP sparked a massive scuffle after engaging in a shoving match with Thunder guard Semaj Christon in the run-up to a jump ball.
“It happens in the game,” Curry told TNT of the dustup. “Much ado about nothing, to be honest with you. I had an opportunity to just send a message and keep playing and make it just about playing good basketball and getting a win.”
The scrum resulted in a quadruple technical for Curry, Christon, Draymond Green and Russell Westbrook. For Green, the tech was his 14th.
“Nothing surprises me at this point when it comes to anything like that,” Green told reporters. “I actually knew it was going to happen, to be honest with you. And I didn’t do anything, but I knew it. If I’m anywhere in the area, it’s expected.”
In the rout, Curry and Thompson both connected on seven triples, combining to go 14-for-27 from beyond the arc. Thompson went for a game-high 34 points, while Curry tallied 23.
“It evens out,” head coach Steve Kerr told reporters, referring to the backcourt duos’ recent shooting funk. “These guys are great shooters and we went through a long stretch there, seven games where we weren’t hitting, so it was just a matter of time.”
Defensively, the Warriors clamped down on Westbrook, holding the Thunder superstar to 15 points — his second-lowest output of the season — as he shot 4-for-16 from the field.
Following the emphatic victory over Oklahoma City, the Warriors enter the second leg of their back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks in the midst of a four-game winning streak.
“I think we’ve created a little momentum at home and to come on the road in a tough environment and play the way we played, is good for us,” Green said.NBA