Festus Ezeli and Stephen Curry / Photo by FD Purcell
That’s been the team’s mantra all season, ‘Just Us’ and the Golden State Warriors played as though it was just them on the court playing like the World Champions they are beating the Thunder 118-91 tying the series at 1-1.
“I think our defensive intensity from the get go (was the difference) from the jump. We tried to crowd the paint, make the beat us over the top from the perimeter, and just trust each other,” said Warriors forward Klay Thompson.
The Warriors led by as much as 23 points and the bench played a huge part in Wednesday’s game scoring a combined 50 points lead by NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala who had 14 points.
“The bench was huge for us, Barbosa, Shaun, everybody came in and contributed,” said center Festus Ezeli who chipped in 12 points.
“They’re a good team. They got a lot of different guys, said OKC’s Kevin Durant. “They can play 10 or 11 guys every night. They come in with an aggressive mindset, and tonight they impacted the game and it made a difference for them.”
Golden State hasn’t lost back to back games all year, including the regular season. After Monday’s loss Green said that he embraced the challenge and that losing their first game of the playoffs for the first time was ‘different’.
Draymond Green - Photo by FD Purcell
In the first quarter Curry would dive into the first several rows going after a ball bumping his elbow. He stated afterwards that he didn’t know how or what he banged it on and that it wouldn’t need draining.
“Elbow’s fine. It looks like it has a tennis ball on top of it, but it doesn’t affect range of motion or anything. It’s just some pain, so I’ll be alright,” said Curry who led his team with 28 points.
The Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook tandem would still do their thing scoring 29 and 16 points respectively.
The Warriors will have a few days off to lick their wounds, (Andrew Bogut would leave game with injury) before playing in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
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