Curry’s Warriors trounce Thunder
Reigning two-time league MVP Stephen Curry scored a team-high 28 points, including 15 straight in the third quarter, helping the reigning NBA Champions the Golden State Warriors to win Game 2 and even up the series last night in Oakland.
The third quarter of Game 2 was Curry’s 35th 15+ point quarter this season (regular season and playoffs), second best is James Harden with 24 such instances.
Just like Game 1, the third quarter was the turning point of the game last night as well.
OKC had a mere 19 points in the period, while Curry alone totalled 17 points. Although Golden State did play some stellar defence in the period, OKC’s offensive slump can also be contributed to the fact that Durant, Thunder’s leading scorer had just one shot attempt in the third.
Russell Westbrook had played out of his skin in the third quarter of Game 1 and turned the game in his team’s favour. On Wednesday, Curry more or less did the same, scoring 15 straight in a span of less than 2 minutes in the third, helping his team take an unassailable lead which the Warriors would then never give up.
With their disastrous Game 1 showing, the Warriors came out strong forcing Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to take a timeout just two minutes into the game. However, OKC weathered the storm and kept the game competitive through the sluggish first half.
Kevin Durant did score a game-high 29 points and grabbed 6 rebounds but what stands out in the box score were his eight turnovers. With Durant giving the ball over way too much, it didn’t help that the rest of the team was having an off-shooting night.
Serge Ibaka had just 3 points on 1 of 6 shooting, Dion Waiters (off the bench) had just 7 points on 3 of 11 shooting and Russell Westbrook recorded a double-double of 16 points and 12 assists on 5 of 14 shooting.
The Warriors were obviously led by Curry’s 28 but he had a lot of help from his teammates with six of them scoring in double figures.
Game 3 will be played at the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City on Sunday night.