They knew it wouldn’t last

The Judge summed it up tersely:

Indeed. Paul George missed his first eight shots and finished with five points on 1-14 (!) shooting. You can’t really afford to lose PG-13’s 20-plus scoring, especially if you’re playing one of the elite teams in the league. With every single Thunder player on the wrong side of the plus/minus divide, Golden State delivered partial payback for the two games they’d previously lost to OKC this season with a 112-80 thrashing in Oakland. (Josh Huestis, getting the start at the two, was the least minus, at -1.) The part that stings the most is that the Thunder were up three points early in the third quarter, and then they completely went to pieces.

The Thunder defense was occasionally porous, but their offense was pretty much nonexistent: 33 percent shooting, 9-34 from the three-point circle, and a dire 13-21 from the charity stripe. Against this level of futility, about all the Warriors had to do was show up. (TV dude Brian Davis grumbled at halftime that any game against Golden State was, in effect, eight on five, as the zebras will never call anything on the Warriors; I dunno, but this particular set of officials didn’t seem unusually bad.) OKC did come up with one double-double (Russell Westbrook, 15 points, 12 rebounds), something the Warriors didn’t do — but then again, they didn’t have to. Kevin Durant was at least somewhat hot early on and finished with a game-high 28; Steph Curry kicked in 21.

A quick trip home to meet the Magic on Monday; OKC has been less than effective against teams with really poor records this year, and in their earlier match in Orlando, they lost by 13 to a team that had lost nine straight. After that, three road games in four nights, starting in Dallas.

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