Warriors on brink of elimination
OKLAHOMA CITY, AP:
Suddenly, the Golden State Warriors team that a short time ago was being favourably compared to the all-time great teams of NBA history is now on the brink of elimination from the Western Conference finals.
Oklahoma City beat Golden State 118-94 on Tuesday to take a 3-1 lead in the series and move within one win of prematurely ending the Warriors' record-breaking season.
Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double of the playoffs after posting 18 in the regular season, and Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season. The Warriors must win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.
"We all have to bounce back," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "The idea now is to go home and get one win. Do that, and we put some pressure on them and we'll see what happens."
Oklahoma City got a boost from an unlikely source. Andre Roberson, a player the Warriors have ignored at times during the series, scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Kevin Durant added 26 points and 11 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and seven rebounds.