When the Golden State Warriors met the Thunder in Oklahoma City earlier in the month, the hosts went 15-29 (51.7%) from three-point range. It didn't matter as a Stephen Curry game-winning layup secured the Warriors a 141-139 victory.
Two weeks on and the Thunder proved their shooting was no fluke, entering Chase Center and knocking down 19 of their 32 (59.4%) three-point attempts. Without an injured Curry and a suspended Draymond Green, Golden State were little chance in the face of the shooting barrage.
The Golden State Warriors have suffered their fifth-straight loss, comprehensively beaten 128-109 by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
OKC guard Isaiah Joe went an astonishing 7-7 from beyond the arc off the bench, while Josh Giddey went 3-3 from downtown after entering the game as a 19% three-point shooter on the season. In contrast, one of the great three-point shooters of all-time, Klay Thompson, shot 1-10 (1-6 from deep) from the floor on the night for just five points.
After Jonathan Kuminga scored the first five points of the game, the Thunder controlled the majority of the first-half. They led by 19 with five minutes remaining in the second-quarter, before the Warriors closed on a 20-8 run to cut the lead to seven at intermission.
Golden State battled willingly in the third, with Kuminga missing a second free-throw that would have tied the scores at 84 with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game. OKC steadied soon after, taking a nine-point lead to the fourth and extending it to 20 with more than four minutes to play.
Without Curry and his 30.7 points per game, the Warriors needed a lift from Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. That failed to materialize as the pair's struggles continued, particularly Thompson who was unable to respond from his early ejection against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.
Starting at power-forward in place of Green, Kuminga was a shining light of sorts. The 21-year-old had just the fourth 20+ point game from a Warrior player not named Curry this season, finishing with a team-high 21 on 8-13 shooting to go with six rebounds, two assists and a block.
After not playing a minute in the first-quarter, fellow third-year player Moses Moody had 10 points and three rebounds in an impressive second-quarter. 19th overall pick Brandin Podziemski played another 25 minutes after his impressive performance against the Timberwolves, going 3-4 from deep on his way to 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Chris Paul found his three-point shooting stroke too nailing 4-6 from deep, but Golden State shot just 34.1% from three as a team and 40.8% from the floor overall. They also recorded four more turnovers than the Thunder, though they dominated the offensive glass largely thanks to Kevon Looney's 13 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive).
The Warriors will also be sweating on a left ankle injury to Gary Payton II, with the defensive-minded guard landing awkwardly after he was fouled on a layup attempt by Thunder big man Chet Holmgren. Payton took no further part in the game, limited to less than eight minutes for the night as a result.
After a 6-2 start to the season, the Warriors have fallen to a 6-7 record which includes four-straight losses on their home floor. Golden State will look to bounceback and snap their losing streak against the same opposition on Saturday night.