The Oklahoma City Thunder gained the lead, 2-1, of the 2016 Western Conference finals after a win over the Golden State Warriors, 133-105, in Game 3 on Sunday evening at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 33 points and eight rebounds and his backcourt duo Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds to set up their first win at home and led the series 2-1.
The Thunder took control early in the game after giving a 13-point deficit to the Warriors. The Warriors managed to close the gap, ending the quarter down to 34-28. Westbrook and Durant worked side by side in the second quarter, establishing the 32-7 run to have a 72-47 lead in the end of the first half. The Warriors kept struggling and went 2-of-23 from the field.
In the third quarter, the Thunder continued dominating the Warriors and extended their run to 55-19 midway in the quarter. The Warriors failed to break the Thunder’s rhythm and gave them a 37-point lead. The Thunder kept their explosives until the last seconds of the game ending with a 28-point lead win over the Warriors.
“We got our butts kicked,” Kerr said just moments after mentioning Los Angeles’ famed 34-point Finals loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA finals via Yahoo Sports. “It doesn’t matter if it’s [a loss by] one point or 30, you have to look at the tape and figure out how you can be better, and you come back with a better effort. But [the Thunder] were the more desperate team tonight.”
Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on Tuesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder:
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