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The Oklahoma City Thunder are now one game away from booking their place in the 2016 NBA Finals after an 118-94 win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

The result, which puts OKC 3-1 up in the Western Conference Finals, marks the first time all season that Golden State has lost consecutive games. It was the first time the franchise had lost consecutive playoff games by at least a 20 point margin since 1972, meanwhile.

Russell Westbrook was the spearhead for Oklahoma City, the 2016 All-Star MVP finishing with a 36 point, 11 rebounds, 11 assist triple-double.

The Thunder got off to a fast start and jumped out to a 22-8 lead after just six minutes of the first quarter. 

Although the Warriors responded to cut the deficit to 30-26 by the end of the opening 12 minutes, OKC stepped things up in the second quarter - scoring 42 points to go into half time with a 72-53 lead.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Despite the best efforts of Klay Thompson after the break - the guard scored 19 points in the third quarter alone - the reigning NBA champions were unable to reign in the Thunder, who comfortably saw out the final quarter to secure another impressive win.

Kevin Durant posted a 26 point, 11 rebounds double-double to go alongside Westbrook's first triple-double of the 2016 postseason, while six Thunder players in total scored in double figures, including a career-high 17 from Andre Roberson.

Struggle

For the Warriors, meanwhile, Thompson led the way with 26 points, but it was a difficult night for recently crowned MVP, Stephen Curry. 

The Dubs point guard tallied 19 points but was just six-of-20 from the field and two-of-10 from three-point range. 

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

He also turned the ball over six times - a joint team-high alongside Draymond Green, who was booed by the Thunder crowd after escaping suspension for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in game three.

OKC dominated in an around the basket in game four, outscoring GSW 48-38 in the paint and out-rebounding their opponents 56-40. 

Win or go home

The result now means the reigning champions are in a win-or-go-home situation as the WCF series moves to Oakland for game five.

In playoff history, nine teams have rallied to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, and Golden State will have to become the 10th if they aren't to look back on a historic season as one that ultimately ended in failure.

Game five takes place on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena.

Golden State Warriors v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

Topics:
NBA
Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA Playoffs
Russell Westbrook
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Kevin Durant

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