Games with Golden State tend to generate amazing numbers, and this one was no exception: David Lee pulled off a triple-double (25 points, 11 boards, 10 dimes), and Monta Ellis had 30 points — in the first half. (He finished with 48, a new career high, and he didn’t play all 48 minutes to do it either.) Oracle was just awash in treys: 47 tries. And very late with the Thunder up one, Ellis went for the trey, and it didn’t fall: Russell Westbrook sank two free throws to salt it away, and a literal last-second rally fell short. OKC 119, GSW 116.
The Thunder had a few numbers of their own: Kevin Durant dropped in 33 points, Westbrook 31, and Daequan Cook went 5-6 from distance for 17. OKC shot 52.4 percent from the field, made 11 of 26 three-pointers, and 20 of 21 from the stripe. (Sixth man James Harden got 19 points, one more than the Warrior bench in aggregate.)
The Warriors, though, had shot close to 60 percent all night, and finished at 55. They made 9 of 21 treys, and had a 36-33 edge in rebounding. Stephen Curry turned in a double-double (16 points, 10 assists).
One could say, I suppose, that the hard part of the series is over: having beaten the Warriors in Oakland twice, there’s only one more game, and that in OKC. Still, one should not underestimate this team. You know Monta Ellis isn’t tired yet.
The West Coast Death March continues Thursday at Sacramento, then Friday at Utah.