Thunder steal Game 1 from Warriors
(The Sports Xchange) - Oklahoma center Steven Adams converted an errant pass by team mate Russell Westbrook into two critical free throws with 1:01 left on Monday to short-circuit a Golden State rally and help the Thunder to a 108-102 Game 1 victory in the Western Conference finals.
Westbrook overcame a slow start to score a game-high 27 points. Kevin Durant added 26, including a lead-extending jumper with 30.7 seconds left, as the Thunder stole home-court advantage from the top-seeded Warriors.
The Thunder overcame a 13-point halftime deficit.
Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday in Oakland, where the Warriors absorbed their first loss of the postseason on Monday.
Adams' free throws came after the Warriors rallied within 101-100 on an interior hoop by Harrison Barnes with 2:02 to go.
After an exchange of possessions, Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka recovered a missed jumper by Durant, giving Oklahoma City a second crack with 1:12 to play.
Westbrook then drove toward the hoop and lobbed a pass that smacked hard off the backboard and deflected toward the free-throw line, where Adams retrieved it and took off for the hoop.
He was fouled on a shot attempt, and he made both free throws to increase Oklahoma City's lead to 103-100.
The Thunder were able to win despite relatively poor shooting by Durant (10-for-30) and Westbrook (7-for-21). Continued...