Monday, January 22, 2018
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Thunder gains series lead with annihilation of Warriors

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 33 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and the Thunder stormed past the Warriors 133-105 Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final.

Serge Ibaka added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, which matched a franchise record for points in a playoff game. Oklahoma City outrebounded Golden State 52-38.

"They didn't have the best record in the NBA for nothing," Westbrook said in an oncourt interview after the game, adding that his team understood it had to use its physical gifts to its advantage.

"Be physical," he said. "We got a physical team, an athletic team, and we have to use that to the best of our ability."

Golden State's Stephen Curry finished with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting.

The Warriors, who set an NBA record with 73 victories in the regular season, trailed by 41, their largest deficit this season.

Golden State's Draymond Green, who kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the groin, struggled on both ends of the floor and finished with six points on 1-of-9 shooting. The Warriors were outscored by 43 when he was in the game.

With 5:57 left in the second quarter, Green kicked Adams after a foul. It was the second time in the series Green hit Adams there. The crowd chanted, "Kick him out! Kick him out!" but Green was issued a flagrant foul and stayed in.

Adams said he was in too much pain to confront Green: "I actually shed some tears."

Green insisted afterward that he didn't kick Adams on purpose and isn't concerned about a possible suspension. "Someone wants to have kids one day, I'm not trying to stop that," he said.

Thunder 133, Warriors 105

GOLDEN STATE (105): Barnes 3-9 0-0 7, Green 1-9 4-4 6, Bogut 1-3 0-0 2, Curry 7-17 7-8 24, Thompson 8-19 0-0 18, Iguodala 3-5 1-2 9, Speights 2-8 3-4 8, Ezeli 3-5 2-5 8, Varejao 0-0 0-0 0, Livingston 3-6 0-0 6, Clark 3-5 2-2 8, Barbosa 2-3 0-0 5, Rush 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 38-92 19-25 105.

OKLAHOMA CITY (133): Durant 10-15 12-12 33, Ibaka 6-13 0-0 14, Adams 2-4 4-6 8, Westbrook 10-19 9-11 30, Roberson 5-9 0-0 13, Singler 1-4 0-0 2, Kanter 3-9 4-4 10, Payne 1-2 2-2 4, Waiters 6-11 0-0 13, Morrow 1-3 0-0 2, Foye 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 46-92 33-37 133.

Golden State 28 19 33 25— 105

Oklahoma City 34 38 45 16— 133

3-Point GoalsGolden State 10-33 (Curry 3-11, Iguodala 2-4, Thompson 2-8, Barbosa 1-1, Speights 1-3, Barnes 1-3, Clark 0-1, Green 0-2), Oklahoma City 8-25 (Roberson 3-5, Ibaka 2-5, Waiters 1-3, Durant 1-3, Westbrook 1-5, Morrow 0-1, Singler 0-1, Kanter 0-1, Foye 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 38 (Rush 7), Oklahoma City 52 (Kanter 12). AssistsGolden State 19 (Clark, Curry, Iguodala, Livingston, Green 3), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 12). Total FoulsGolden State 21, Oklahoma City 23. A18,203 (18,203).

FINE, SUSPENSION: Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for his criticism of the officiating after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, and Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones was suspended for tonight's Game 4 for his low blow on Bismack Biyombo.

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