Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder to blowout win


May 24, 2016
Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut (left) defends as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook goes to the basket during the first quarter in Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oklahoma City on Sunday.


Oklahoma City handed Golden State a more complete beating than anything the Warriors had experienced during their record-setting season, winning 133-105 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Western Conference finals.

Suddenly, a second straight title that for so long seemed certain for Golden State is in jeopardy, and the Thunder firmly have the upper hand.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in a one-sided game.

The Warriors, which set an NBA record with 73 victories in the regular season, trailed by 41 points at one stage; their largest deficit this season.

Durant made 10 of 15 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 19. It was the first time this post season both players shot better than 50 per cent from the field.

Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record for most points scored in a play-off game.


Oklahoma City dominated the rebounds 52-38, continuing the pattern of the series that the team that wins the boards wins the game.

"That's one thing we slipped up on in Game 2, and tonight we did a good job of getting loose balls and finding ways to get 50/50 basketballs and give ourselves extra possessions," Westbrook said.

The last time Golden State's Stephen Curry had played in Oklahoma City, he scored 46 points, tied an NBA record with 12 3-pointers and hit a game-winning, 37-footer. This time, the league MVP finished with a relatively modest 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting.

Game 4 is on tonight in Oklahoma City.

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