In what was perhaps the game of the season so far, the Golden State Warriors responded to a late-game surge by the Oklahoma City Thunder with a game-winning shot at the buzzer by Andre Iguodala to win by the final score of 116-115.
The Warriors (6-3) had led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter, only to allow the Thunder (5-3) to mount a comeback and take the lead with 2.3 seconds remaining on a Russell Westbrook deep 3-pointer from 29 feet.
But that only set things up for Iguodala’s “welcome to the Bay Area” moment. Iguodala took the inbounds pass from Klay Thompson, turned, and nailed a high-arching shot from the right baseline over Thabo Sefolosha as time expired.
The Rest of the Story
The late-game heroics of Iguodala will overshadow the rest of the game, but this truly was a great matchup from start to finish.
The Warriors’ hot shooting from beyond the arc kept them in the game in the first half. The were out-rebounded 16-3 by the Thunder in the first quarter alone, but made nine 3-pointers in the opening half to head into the locker room tied 62-62.
They were able to gain some separation in the third quarter, taking advantage of turnovers by the Thunder and finishing the quarter on an 11-4 run. With Kevin Durant on the bench with five fouls, the Warriors built an 100-86 lead early in the fourth quarter.
That’s when the Thunder began their run, outscoring the Warriors 29-16 to end the game.
Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points, including six 3-pointers. Stephen Curry had 22 and David Lee had 20, while Iguodala, the hero of the night, chipped in 14 points and a plus-minus rating of +5.
The Thunder were paced by 31 from Westbrook, and 27 from Serge Ibaka. Even though he was in foul trouble, Durant still managed 20 points.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 47.9% (45-94)
- 3-Pointers: 60.9% (14-23)
- Rebounds: 31
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 7
- Field Goals: 51.3% (41-80)
- 3-Pointers: 40.9 % (9-22)
- Rebounds: 48
- Assists: 20
- Turnovers: 19
Mark Jackson (via Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News):
“We have the luxury of having weapons on the floor. Today it was Andre who came up big at the buzzer.”
Tweet of the Day
If you thought THAT game was fun, just wait until the Warriors face Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson on Saturday night!
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) November 15, 2013
What’s on Tap
The Warriors will take on the Jazz (1-8) 0n Saturday at Oracle Arena. Utah started the season 0-8 and notched their first win on Wednesday against the Pelicans.