OAKLAND, Sporting Alert – First half update from the NBA playoffs Western Conference finals Game 7 battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Oracle Arena.
At the end of the opening 24 minutes, the Thunder lead the Warriors 48-42, with All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook leading the way so far for the visitors with 14 points.
Westbrook, who only shot 5 for 14 from the floor, also dished out seven assists and grabbed four rebounds.
Kevin Durant has nine points on 4 for 5 shooting in 22 minutes, while Enes Kanter had 8 points and 4 rebounds off the bench and Steven Adams ended the first half with 7 points and 7 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
After missing his opening seven shots, Klay Thompson made his last four to score 13 points at half time to lead the way for the Warriors.
Stephen Curry has 12 points and five assists and shot 5 for 11 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from 3-pointers.
The Thunder led by as many as 13 points in the game, but Golden State used a 9-3 run in the last 2:20 of the second quarter to help trim the lead, with Curry beating the clock to end the half with a spectacular shot.
The Warriors shot 38.6 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range, while the Thunder were 40 percent from the floor overall, but only 27 percent from long-range.
During their respective team talks, Golden State coach Steve Kerr urged his team to move the ball more, instead of the constant static and one-on-one plays, while OKC coach Billy Donovan tells his player to lift the level of their game another notch.
Oklahoma City leads Golden State 29-24 in the rebounding column.
The last 24 minutes should be quite exciting.
Thunder – Huestis, McGary
Warriors – Looney, McAdoo
Points in the Paint: Thunder 22 (11/29), WARRIORS 16 (8/18) 2nd Chance Points: Thunder 10 (5/12), WARRIORS 1 (0/7)
Fast Break Points: Thunder 8 (3/4), WARRIORS 5 (2/6)
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