The Golden State Warriors have won their fifth consecutive game, with Stephen Curry’s game-winning layup eventually securing the franchise its first NBA Cup victory after a thrilling game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With the scores tied at 139, Curry’s layup attempt was initially waved away by the referees on account of slight basket interference from Draymond Green. Yet after a review that went for what felt like an eternity, it was correctly called a violation on Josh Giddey who had grabbed the net prior to Green touching the rim.
The Golden State Warriors have moved to 5-1 on the season, with Stephen Curry providing their second game-winning shot in as many games.
After Klay Thompson’s game-winning jumper over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Curry eventually ended a titanic battle against the young but extremely talented Thunder outfit at Paycom Center.
In a game where the offensive shot-making reached truly lofty heights, Golden State managed to prevail despite OKC shooting over 60% from the floor. Curry’s layup over Chet Holmgren gave him 30 points on the night, with six Warriors finishing with at least 15 points.
The hot shooting begun from the get go with the Warriors making seven of their 13 first-quarter threes, while the Thunder shot 68.4% from the floor. Dario Saric was a key piece early against his former team off the bench, nailing three triples as part of his 11-point opening period.
Golden State’s rhythm from beyond the arc continued, finishing the first-half 13-25 from deep. Their 12 turnovers proved problematic though, with Oklahoma City’s own 58.5% shooting keeping them within two at 69-67.
After Holmgren led the Thunder with 15 in the first-half, it was Lu Dort who proved the unlikely firestarter in the third-quarter. His 16 points in the period helped the home side build a seven-point lead, but the Warriors second-unit again battled back late to leave the game tied with 12 minutes left.
Giddey proved a handful early in the fourth, slicing his way through the Golden State defense with a series of baskets. The Warrior offense continued to deliver though, leaving them well and truly in the ball game despite the Thunder’s best efforts.
Curry’s driving layup with 56 seconds left cut the margin to one, before Klay Thompson gave Golden State the lead with a pair of free-throws after Jalen Williams recklessly lost the ball and crashed into the Warrior shooting-guard.
Chet Holmgren briefly regained the lead for OKC with his own free-throws, but Green found Gary Payton II on an alley-oop layup to restore the Warriors advantage. Dort was fouled by Green on the following possession, but only managed to make one leaving Curry to end the game.
Despite the high-scoring game, neither team ever led by double-digits. Curry added eight rebounds and seven assists to his 30 points, while Saric (20 points) and Jonathan Kuminga (19 points) were strong off the bench.
Andrew Wiggins looked his most active for the season with 17 points and five rebounds, while Thompson (18 points) and Green (15 points) complete a team-orientated scoring performance. Chris Paul had 13 assists and zero turnovers, with the late third-quarter play of the bench unit again proving critical.
The Warriors continue to be one of the most impressive teams across the league to start the season, with a visit to Cleveland now next up on Sunday at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.