Klay Thompson caught fire for 34 points through three quarters as the Warriors beat the Thunder, 111-95 on Monday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder is now 0-4 against the Warriors this season and has last seven straight dating back to the 2016 Western Conference Finals.
Oklahoma City jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, but it was the only time the Thunder was in control of the game. Steph Curry quickly found his rhythm by knocking down a few jumpers to give Golden State the momentum and a three-point lead after one quarter.
With the splash brothers leading the way, the Warriors ripped off a 17-4 run to take a 19-point lead in the second frame while the Thunder searched for answers. If the Golden State run wasn’t enough, Curry put a cherry on top with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put the Warriors up a whopping 20 points at halftime.
The Thunder eventually showed some life with a 13-3 run early in the third quarter to get within 12 points, but Taj Gibson missed a pair of free throws that would’ve brought the Thunder within 10. Not easily flustered, the Warriors followed up Gibson’s misses by ripping off a 19-5 run fueled by Klay Thompson to take a 26-point lead and put the game away.
While this rivalry game didn’t live up to the hype on the scoreboard, the game sure didn’t lack its fireworks. On a jump ball before halftime, Curry and Semaj Christon got tangled up while jostling for position which led to a massive scuffle that resulted in four technical fouls.
Warriors' Stephen Curry scraps with Thunder's Russell Westbrook (full video) pic.twitter.com/Xv38FaLvdN— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 21, 2017
Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while Victor Oladipo added 17 of his own. Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting but somehow only tallied one rebound in 22 minutes of action.
Not going to beat GSW when Semaj Christon is your player of the game. Thankfully, it's just 1 loss. Huge Sunday for Russ @ Beard. @NEWS9— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) March 21, 2017
Curry scored 23 points as only two Warriors players scored in double digits.
The Thunder will be back in action on Wednesday when it hosts the Sixers.