NBA Recap: OKC Slam Down Third Straight Win Over Golden State Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

Steve Adams delivered an all-round performance with 10 crucial points in the 100-97 comeback in San Francisco, fresh off a season-high 22 points in his previous start against the Lakers.

The domineering centre also snatched 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks helping to erase a 14-point deficit in the fourth. 

The Warriors told a different story, heading to the court a fraction of the team that contested the last five NBA finals and, with star trio Step Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the bench, they now hold the league’s worst record at 3-15. However, their little-known starting lineup of Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, Willie Cauley-Stein, rookie Eric Paschall and Ky Bowman held their own throughout.

The old pros came to the forefront for OKC to put runs on the board with 15 points for Danilo Gallinari, complemented by seven rebounds and six assists, and 20 for Paul. However, the standout performance came from Dennis Schroder who hit a team-high 22 points off the bench, with one rebound and five assists by the end of the play.

Golden States’ Robinson and Bowman controlled the Warriors, with 25 and 24 points respectively, to hold the lead most of the way before Thunder dropped the final 13 points. The run was fuelled by 3-pointers by Paul and Schroder as one free-throw by Adams and a short shot by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander brought the score to 97-96 with 1.18 to play.

Despite struggling early on to find his shot, Chris Paul went on to drop a 19-footer with 36 seconds on the clock, quickly followed by a missed contested shot in the paint by Warriors guard Alec Burks moments after. Gilgeous-Alexander put the game to bed with two free throws at 22.4 seconds left for the eventual three-point margin of victory.  

New Orleans Pelicans v Oklahoma City Thunder

One free throw by Steven Adams and a short shot by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made it a nine-point run and a 97-96 game with 1:18 to play, and Paul then buried his go-ahead jumper 42 seconds later.

OKC walk away with their first road win of the season and their third straight win over GSW, improving their record to 6-10. The Thunder remains on the road to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday while the Warriors host the Chicago Bulls on the same day.

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