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OKC Stuns Warriors Again, Leads Conf Finals 3-1

Author: W. Dawkins
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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 Tuesday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.

 

This was the second shocking win in a row for the Thunder, who are now only one victory away from eliminating the mighty Warriors, a team that had the best regular season in NBA history this year and features back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

 

Russell Westbrook poured in a game high 36 points with 11 assists and 11 rebounds, Kevin Durant had 26 points, and Andre Roberson added 17 points with 12 rebounds in the Game 4 home win.

 

Westbrook had a monster game, notching his first triple-double in the playoffs this year after having 18 of them in the regular season.

 

“I play every game like it’s my last, regardless of who’s in front of me,” Westbrook told ESPN. “That’s my job, and my job is to worry about my team, and that’s all I do.”

 

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson had a team-high 26 points, Stephen Curry scored 19 on horrid 2-of-10 shooting from three, and Harrison Barnes added 11 points in the crushing loss.

 

Now Golden State faces a do-or-die Game 5 on Thursday back in Oakland to save their season.

 

“We all have to bounce back,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “The good news is, we go home. Obviously we play well at home. The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we’ll see what happens.”

 

The Thunder dominated, leading 30-26 after one quarter and 72-53 the half.

 

The 72 points were the most Oklahoma City had ever scored by halftime in a playoff game. It also was the most points that the Warriors had ever surrendered to an opponent after two quarters for the second consecutive game.

 

OKC crushed Golden State on the boards, outrebounding them 56-40, while holding Draymond Green to only 6 points on lousy 1-of-7 shooting.

 

But it was Westbrook’s amazing performance that led the way for the Thunder.

 

“He’s the most explosive player I’ve ever seen,” Charles Barkley said on TNT. “He’s on another planet.”

 

 

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