The Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals came to an unexpected ending after the Oklahoma City Thunder upset the reigning NBA champion, Golden State Warriors, 108-102, on Monday at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors, who only have two defeats at home in the regular season, were shocked by the Thunder in order to grab the first win of the Western Conference finals. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 27 points.
The Warriors seemed to be in control of the game after they took advantage of the Thunder’s 10 turnovers in the first half. The Warriors’ trio scored double-digit where Stephen Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson 25 points and Draymond Green with 23 points.
The Thunder managed to bounce back from a 13-point deficit in the first half and outscored the Warriors with 61-42 in the second half to steal home-court advantage from the reigning NBA champions.
However, in the last seconds of the game, the crucial ball possession became controversial after the referees were failed to call a traveling for Westbrook before he called a timeout.
It seemed like the Thunder’s experience in playing with the veteran Spurs in the semifinals of the Western Conference became a huge factor in their Game 1 success. Durant and Westbrook did not give up after the team’s poor performance in the first half. According to Bleacher Report, Westbrook who only had three points in the first half, managed to establish 24 points in the second half helping the Thunder grab their first win.
Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be on Wednesday at the Oracle Arena.
Here are some of the game highlights in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder:
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