The Thunder manage to pull off a win in the tough environment of Golden State against a team that is one of the best to step foot on the court. They beat the Warriors in game one of the Western Conference Finals by a score of 108-102. The most important part of it all? The 23-14 score in the fourth quarter of the game.
The Thunder did not lead at all in this one until about 10 minutes left in the game when Kevin Durant was able to tie it up and Dion Waiters made a driving layup to put the Thunder ahead 90-88. After that point the Thunder would not look back, they had the confidence they need and pushed forward for the win.
The Thunder may have won this game but they did not even play their best basketball. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook went a combined 17-of-51. They struggled to find their shots all night long, especially Durant, but got the job done when it needed to be finished. Kevin Durant missed six straight shots in the fourth quarter until he hit this one that was almost a dagger to the Warriors, the ultimate sign that they had no chance because the Slim Reaper was here to put them down.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) May 17, 2016
The big key for OKC in this game had to be their defense. Russell Westbrook had seven steals and has a team the Thunder had six blocked shots. Defense wins championships and the Thunder have got theirs locked in at the right time of the year.
The Thunder may have won this game but it did not come without some drama. Near the end of the game when Russell Westbrook was taking it down the court and trying to call a timeout he may have traveled a bit. The below video shows the play and how Westbrook was trying to get the timeout during all of it is an important aspect of the play.
Many will criticize the no-call and they have reason to, but the fact of the matter is it was not the first no-call and it will not be the last one. The Thunder fought through adversity and won the game. OKC is showing so much improvement in this postseason. The are currently on a four game winning streak, three against the Spurs and one against the Warriors, think about how good that is for a minute.