Warriors hold off charge to beat Thunder
(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors showed why they are considered the best team in the NBA. Then it all fell apart and it nearly cost them a monster home winning streak.
Guard Klay Thompson hit a key 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining as the Golden State Warriors erased a nine-point deficit, blew a 20-point lead and outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-108 Saturday night at Oracle Arena.
"In the third quarter we got careless," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I thought we just kind of took our foot off the pedal for a bit, settled for careless possessions, stopped moving and cutting. And they did a great job.
"Obviously that's an explosive team. So we opened the door a crack and they marched through."
Thompson finished with 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting but was just 1 of 6 on 3-pointers.
His only connection seemed to make the deficit just too much for the Thunder (38-14), giving the Warriors a 110-104 lead and coming 19 seconds after forward Kevin Durant missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer.
Guard Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 26 points despite missing seven of eight 3-pointers. He made 10 of 25 shots overall and also handed out 10 assists.
Durant led the Thunder with 40 points and point guard Russell Westbrook added 27. Westbrook also had 12 assists but did not come close to another triple-double, finishing with only three rebounds.
Before Thompson's clutch 3-pointer, Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter tied the game at 104-104 with 3:25 to play on a fadeway but the Warriors (46-4) finished with a 12-4 run and notched their 41st straight home victory. Continued...