The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to dominate the Western Conference finals after beating the 73-win defending champions Golden State Warriors in Game 4, 118-94, on Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder, posting triple-double, 36 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Durant added 26 points to enable the team to obtain their third win in the best-of-seven series against the Warriors.
Both teams were having almost the same exchange of attacks in the first quarter where the Thunder only managed led by four points. However, the Thunder found a way to stretch the gap in the second quarter giving the Warriors a 19-point deficit to end the first half.
Klay Thompson, who scored 26 points, did not let the Warriors down after exploding in the third quarter with 19 points. On the other hand, his backcourt duo Stephen Curry was struggling in the game, scoring 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. The Thunder were going all out in the fourth quarter, resulting for the Warriors to take their third defeat in the series.
Many have noticed Curry’s poor performance in Game 4 and reporters were asking if he was hurt. Coach Steve Kerr said that he was okay and Curry was just having a bad night.
“He’s not injured,” Kerr said via ESPN. “He’s coming back from the knee, but he’s not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder is one win away from completely eliminating the Golden State Warriors and reach the NBA finals. However, the atmosphere will be different in Game 5 since they will be playing in the Warriors’ territory.
“We all have to bounce back,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said via ESPN. “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.”
Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on Thursday, May 26 at the Oracle Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder:
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