Thunder Put Up Good Fight, Lose Opener to Warriors

Credit: Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder, playing without two regular starters, led Golden State in the second half, but fell short in the end, losing 108-100 in the season opener on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

The Thunder trailed the Warriors at halftime, 57-47, but got hot from three-point range early in the third quarter, and when Dennis Schroder hit a 3-pointer midway through the period, OKC had their first lead at 67-66.

Schroder finished with 21 points in his Thunder debut.

After a Steven Adams layup made it 69-66, Golden State called a timeout to regroup.

Adams had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The 3-point lead was the biggest of the night for OKC, as the Warriors quickly regained the lead and didn’t give it up in the fourth quarter.

A Kevin Durant runner in the lane in the final minute clinched the win.

The former Thunder star had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 32 points and hit five 3-pointers, plus added 8 rebounds and 9 assists.

Paul George paced the Thunder with 27 points and knocked down four 3-pointers.

The Thunder were playing without normal starters Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson, both recovering from knee surgeries.

OKC made just 36 percent from the field and were 10-of-27 from three-point range.

The Warriors were presented their 2017-18 NBA championship rings before the game in a ceremony the Thunder were not on the floor to watch.

The Thunder visit the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night at 9:30 pm before playing their first home game on Sunday vs. Sacramento at 6:00 pm.