Russell Westbrook, Paul George lead Thunder rout of stumbling Warriors

by Leon Thompson February 8, 2018, 6:15
Russell Westbrook, Paul George lead Thunder rout of stumbling Warriors

They outscored the Warriors 29-20 in the third and coasted through the fourth en route to a 125-105 win. Paul George led the way with 38 points (11-23 from the floor; 6-11 from three-point range) followed by Westbrook who finished with 34 points (13-26 from the floor).

The Warriors have given up over 115 points in each of their last three losses.

The Thunder never trailed, 7-0 and 9-0 runs in the first quarter to build a 42-30 lead after the first quarter. Golden State has by far the most ejections this season with nine, of which Green has three; the, and are tied for second with three each. Simply put, they haven't been the same side since losing Andre Roberson.

Oklahoma City, which allowed 13 3-pointers in losing at home to the Lakers on Sunday, limited the Warriors to 8 for 28 from deep.

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"We just gotta do a better job of coming ready to compete on a consistent basis against the teams under.500", Anthony said. We're just not playing the way we normally do in terms of the ball movement, the pace and the spacing. "It's been a struggle". Meanwhile, Westbrook went down beneath the Thunder basket after crashing into the stanchion. The Thunder forced 25 Golden State turnovers, compared to 12 of their own. Josh Huestis earned his second start of the season after rookie Terrance Ferguson started the previous five. The Warriors defense, if fully locked in, can cause that Thunder offense problems if OKC keep relying on Westbrook and George as heavily as they have in recent games. Backup C David West returned after missing a game for personal reasons. They've had two days' rest back home, which should go a long way toward recharging their batteries. The fiery forward received a technical foul, but wasn't ejected.

"When you have a lot of talent at the beginning of your coaching career, you can implement things that will work and then you can get credibility with winning and grow as a coach while you are winning and it's a much easier process that way", he said.

"As much as we want to complain in the moment or try to argue with the refs about what they should have seen and calls not going our way, as we go down the stretch of the season and in playoffs, if that's something that's going to get under our skin consistently and impact our performance, we're going to be in trouble".

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