Thunder Storm Back To Beat Warriors
The Oklahoma City Thunder surprised many in the NBA world as they were able to steal Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals from the Golden State Warriors 108-102.
The Thunder went into the game as 8-point underdogs according to Vegas Sportsbook. However it seems as though Oklahoma City is the hottest team remaining in the playoffs and it just so happens to be at the right time.
"You have to have a mindset coming into these kinds of venues. Our guys, I think they understand what they're walking into," Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. "You don't just walk in here and say, 'Oh, everything's going to be OK.' You have to have a mindset to understand. The first thing is to embrace the fact it's going to be hard."
Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 27 points to go along with his 12 assists and seven steals. Kevin Durant backed up Westbrook's performance with 26 points of his own combined with ten rebounds.
"We just stayed with it on the defensive end, and when we got the shots late in the game, we were able to focus in and knock them down," Durant said. "We're just a resilient group and keep fighting 'til the end."
Steph Curry totaled 26 points and ten rebounds himself, but had seven costly turnovers as well.
"We got rushed and tried to go for the home run plays. Sometimes it works," Curry said. "Defensively, we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It's something we'll learn from going forward."
Game 2 takes place back at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night.