Not so fast, Warriors, say the Oklahoma City Thunder after making the Warriors look like the Fremantle Dockers in game three of their NBA Western Conference Finals series.
The Thunder has taken a 2 – 1 series lead after stealing a game on the Warriors’ home court before giving them a sever dose of home court advantage in a 133 – 105 rout of the defending champions.
The last time the game was close was in the second quarter, when with the score tied 40 – 40, the Thunder went on a 52 – 19 run that completely removed any suspense regarding the eventual outcome.
For the Thunder, the 133 points scored matched their playoff-best record. They outrebounded the Warriors 52 – 38 and held Stephen Curry to 24 points, after surrendering 46 to Curry the last time the two teams met in Oklahoma City.
Andrew Bogut was limited to 12 minutes as the Warriors played a smaller lineup for the bulk of the game. He scored just two points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out two assists.
The NBA championship series is playing out pretty much as predicted; with the exception that no one thought that any of the teams in the playoffs could hope to slow the Warriors after they won 73 games in the regular season.