Two of the most dynamic offenses in the NBA animated an electrifying showdown at the Oracle Arena.
The Golden State Warriors hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder in a tough encounter between two contenders in the West, and the hosts were able to outscore their rival on their way to a hard fought 116-115 win on a game-winning shot from Andre Iguodala.
During these last years much has been said about the Thunder’s offense and that the only way to beat them is to be even better than them on the offensive end. Judging by this game, the Warriors could end being the Thunder’s kryptonite.
Stephen Curry outplayed Russell Westbrook in terms of creating offense, the interior play of Andrew Bogut and David Lee was too much to handle for the Thunder’s front court and even when Serge Ibaka was able to make an impact on the game, the Warriors were able to stop one of the deadliest offenses in the league en route to a spectacular win in the final seconds.
The most important thing for the Warriors, however, was the fact that they were able to slow down Kevin Durant. ‘Durantula’ finished with 20 points but he was erratic from the field, ending the game with five personal fouls and never looking comfortable on the floor after the first quarter.
The Thunder rallied back late in the fourth and even had the lead with less than three seconds left, but Iguodala scored a fade away over Thabo Sefolosha to give the Warriors a spectacular win in front of their fans.
If this game was an indication of things to come, then two storylines can be easily taken out: the Thunder will clearly be a force in the league despite losing some of the firepower they had these last years and most importantly, this matchup showed the Warriors will contend in the Western Conference. It wouldn’t be strange to see them battling for a spot in the NBA Finals as soon as this season.