OAKLAND, CA, Sporting Alert – Stephen Curry scored 33 points and four Golden State starters finished with double-figures in scoring and the Warriors rallied to hand the Oklahoma City Thunder a 121-106 defeat in the NBA on Thursday night.
Oklahoma City, who were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, also went down in overtime to the Warriors last Saturday.
Klay Thompson shot 10-of-19 from the field to finish with 21 points, while Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes each added 14 in the win for the Warriors (55-5), who secured their 44th straight regular-season home win to tie an NBA record.
“That’s an amazing accomplishment,” Curry said after the game. “It’s a compliment to us as a team, our coaching staff and obviously our fans who bring that atmosphere every night to give us the ultimate home-court advantage.”
Kevin Durant had 32 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, who failed to take advantage of yet another four-quarter lead.
Oklahoma City led by a point heading into the fourth quarter, but the hosts used a 17-9 run to grab the lead and then outscored the visitors 39-23 in the last period as the Thunder dropped to their second straight game and the sixth in the last eight contests since the All-Star break.
A frustrated Durant didn’t hold back his thoughts.
“I’m frustrated,” he said. “I’m frustrated because we lost, but I played as hard as I could tonight. I’m not trying to shy away from them.
“I did it, I made turnovers, I played in a crowd when I shouldn’t have, I tried to make passes that I shouldn’t make, but at the end of the day, I just tried to play the right way.”
Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 7 assists and six rebounds and Serge Ibaka ended with 20 points and six boards in the defeat for the Thunder (42-20), who despite their recent struggles, continue to lead the Northwest Division over Portland by nine games.
“We’ve definitely got to get it under control,” added Durant. “I’m not happy with the way we’re playing.
“Obviously we want to win, but this is where you see what you’re made of.”
Shaun Livingston had 11 points and eight assists for Golden State off the bench while Marreese Speights went 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range to add 10 points off the bench as well in the win.
Green also grabbed eight rebounds and seven assists and Barnes finished with seven boards and five assists for the Warriors, who will next face the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
In another NBA result, on Thursday night, another Western Conference giant, the San Antonio Spurs, secured a late 94-86 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, with Kawhi Leonard grabbing 30 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio (52-9) which extended its winning streak to seven games.
Eric Gordon scored 23 points to paced the Pelicans while Anthony Davis added 17 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans (23-37), which was losing its third straight.
NBA SCORES AND RESULTS
Thursday, March 3
WARRIORS 121, THUNDER 106
SPURS 94, PELICANS 86
KINGS 104, MAVERICKS 101
HEAT 108, SUNS 92