The Oklahoma City Thunder came into the Oracle Arena cold but left with a win and a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals after beating the Golden State Warriors 108-102 last night.
The Thunder managed to do something that no other team has done so far in this year's NBA Playoffs and that is to actually defeat the Warriors on their home turf. The fact that they managed it in the first game of the series must make it even sweeter.
Russell Westbrook was arguably the star of the show for OKC as he pulled the rest of his teammates up to his level in a fantastic second half performance that saw the Thunder overturn several double-digit deficits to grab the win.
Westbrook Turns On
It didn't start off that way for Westbrook, however, as the explosive point guard started the game with a 1-of-10 shooting cold streak that lasted until the 27-year-old exploded in the second half, scoring 24 of his 27 points in the third and fourth periods.
Westbrook didn't stop there, though, as he also recorded 12 assists, seven steals and six rebounds in a top all-around performance. Speaking after the game he said that the Thunder didn't even have to be at their best to beat the Warriors last night.
"We've just got to compete," Westbrook said after the game. "It's going to be a tough game. It's a tough building. They have a lot of great players on their team, but I know we're a great team and when we put our minds to it, tonight we didn't play our best game and we came out with a win."
"...tonight we didn't play our best game and we came out with a win."
Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams all also had good games for OKC, with Durant helping himself to 26 points and 10 rebounds in 45 minutes of action, while Ibaka and Adams combined for 27 points and 23 rebounds.
On the Warriors side of the ball, the freshly-crowned MVP Stephen Curry had 26 points and a playoff career-high 10 rebounds on the night, but he missed several key shots down the stretch as Golden State tried to get back in the game - finishing with 9-of-22 shooting including going 6-14 from beyond the arc.
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both also shot below 50% from the floor and the Warriors will need to improve that if they want to retain their NBA Championship.