The Oklahoma City Thunder took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals after a dominant 133-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday night.
The Thunder completely outplayed the Warriors and handed the defending champions their heaviest loss of the postseason.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook came up big for the home team and carried them to one of the most impressive wins in the team's history.
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OKC tied a franchise record for most points in a playoff game and scored a franchise-high 72 points in the first half on a clinical offensive night in which they led by as many as 41 - the largest deficit Golden State has faced all year.
KD dropped 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting along with eight rebounds and three blocks and Westbrook added a near triple-double of 30 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds going 10-of-19 from the floor. It is the first time in this postseason that the duo shot better than 50 percent from the field.
The pair scored or assisted on 83 of the Thunder's points and sat out the entire fourth quarter.
They did receive some valuable contribution from the rest of the team, though, with another four players ending with double-digit points.
Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds, Dion Waiters produced another strong performance off the bench with 13 points, Andre Roberson posted 13 points and Enes Kanter provided a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Billy Donovan's team shot 50 percent from the field and crucially won the rebounding battle 52-38 which is proving to be a huge factor in this series.
The Thunder were the best rebounding team in the league during the regular season but the Dubs outrebounded them to take game two. Westbrook was happy to see the team get back dominating the boards.
"That's one thing we slipped up on in game two, and I think tonight, we did a good job of getting loose balls and finding ways to get 50/50 basketballs and give ourselves extra possessions," he said.
For the Warriors, it was a night to forget and their focus will immediately shift to game four where they will aim to continue their incredible run of not losing back-to-back games this year.
The last time MVP Steph Curry played in OKC's arena he came away with 46 points and tied an NBA record with 12 three-pointers, including the highlight play of the season. On this night, however, he had 24 points and shot just 3-for-11 from beyond the arc.
Splash brother Klay Thompson added 18 points and was 2-of-8 from downtown and the backcourt duo were the only players in double figures for the visitors.
As a team, the Warriors shot just 30.3 percent from three-point range and they are always susceptible to defeat when that's the case.
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The situation will not be an unfamiliar feeling for Steve Kerr and his men as they trailed 2-1 to both the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs last year and won the series on both occasions.
"Both times, we got blown out in game three, and we responded well, so we have that memory," Kerr said. "I'm confident we're going to come out and play a really good game in game four, and we'll see what happens."
Game four has quickly turned into the biggest game of the season for both teams and for the Thunder, it represents a huge chance to put the reigning champions on the back foot and take a giant stride towards the NBA finals.