The Thunder took on the Warriors once again on Monday night looking for their third straight win this season over the injured squad. Oklahoma City got out to a quick start thanks to Danilo Gallinari and Shai-Gilgeous Alexander. However, the Warriors quickly responded with a 9-0 run to eventually take the lead on the Thunder.
Oklahoma City has played down to the level of their opponent on more than one occasion this season. The Thunder had the more talented roster on the court, but simply couldn’t execute. The Warriors have been dominated by a majority of the league, but in this first half they were seemingly knocking down every shot they took. They shot 51% from the floor in the first half, including 50% from beyond the arc.
Despite taking one shot after another from the Warriors, the Thunder somehow managed to keep the game within reach. They trailed by 9 points with 40 seconds to go in the half. Chris Paul opted to go for a two for one and pulled up a successful three point attempt. Oklahoma City played excellent defense on the other side of the floor, and then Chris Paul pulled another shot from half court that went in at the buzzer. The incredible shot cut the Warriors lead down to 59-53 at halftime.
The Thunder’s third quarter slumps were in full swing in this one. Poor transition defense and bad decision making on offense really hurt OKC after halftime. The Warriors led by as many as 15 points in the third. The goal for the Thunder was to cut the deficit to less than 10 before the fourth quarter, and they did just that. They went on a 7-0 run of their own to remain in the game.
OKC faced the tough task of coming back from a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter. After the Thunder went on a run at the end of the third, the Warriors came out in the fourth firing on all cylinders. There were multiple times in the quarter where it seemed like the Warriors had put this one away, but the Thunder refused to give up.
The Thunder managed to hold the Warriors scoreless in the final three minutes of the game. Meanwhile, OKC went on an 13-0 run to close out the game. While it wasn’t pretty, the team got the job done. This is a huge improvement for a team that has struggled to close out games this season.
Thunder Player Of The Game
Chris Paul has done everything he has been asked of this season. While he isn’t in the situation he pictured for himself, he is without a doubt making the most of it. He has been the floor general for the Thunder offense, but tonight he was finding his own shot.
CP3 hit the series of shots before the half, as well as come clutch buckets in the fourth quarter. He recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Paul has been able to hit some clutch shots this season. He shot 50% from beyond the arc in this one, and is without a doubt a major key to the teams comeback Monday night.
Tough Stretch For OKC
The Thunder has faced a tough stretch of games on the West Coast. Although this matchup with the Warriors shouldn’t have been a tough one, it did fall at the end of three tough games. OKC didn’t show a ton of heart at first, but they bounced back down the stretch for a great comeback victory.
The Thunder was sitting just below .500 before the last week of games. They’ve now fallen to 6-10 on the season. Fortunately for Oklahoma City, they have a favorable schedule over the next couple of weeks.
Another Late Tip-Off
I hope you still have some coffee left after this brutal stretch of late tip-offs. The Thunder will be back in action on Wednesday night as they take on Portland on the road. The game will start at 9:00 PM CST. It will be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM, and televised on FSOK.
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