Game Three, Now That Was Thunder Basketball
The Western Conference Finals are now in Oklahoma City, and on Sunday night, the Thunder made sure the Golden State Warriors knew whose house they were in.
The Thunder were embarrassed in game two in Oakland, and they made sure to return the favor in game three with a 133 – 105 smack down.
The Peake was electric for an electrifying 48 minutes of basketball from a team that seemed to be doing everything right.
OKC played superbly on both ends of the court, Kevin Durant dropped 33 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Right behind KD, came Russell Westbrook who added another 30 points along with eight assists and 12 rebounds.
And the best part was, the excellent playing did not start and end with the team’s two superstars. Role players performed their duties.
Serge Ibaka contributed, 14 points and eight rebounds, so did Dion Waiters who added another 13.
Andre Roberson (who had been drawing skepticism as an ineffective part in the Thunder offense) made the Warriors suffer for their lack of defense, he put 13 on the board and went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
The Thunder defense was stifling, and it was reflected in Golden State’s offensive output.
The sound of Thunder must have silenced MVP, Stephen Curry. Curry led the Warriors with 24 points but shot an abysmal 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.
After Draymond Green took the title of the ‘Peake Villain’ with his second controversial ‘foot to Steven Adams’ groin move,’ he was not only booed by the arena every time he touched the ball… but he paid the price on the floor. Green had six points in game three, scoring just 1-of-9 from the field.
After losing the battle of the boards in game two, the Thunder regained their rebounding swagger and out-rebounded the Warriors 52-38.
The Warriors are sure to come back firing on all cylinders, game four set for an 8 PM tip-off Tuesday in Chesapeake Arena.