The third match-up between the Warriors and Thunder was one the Thunder would love to have back. After defeating the Warriors by an average of 18.5 points in the the first two meetings and walking into Oracle arena with the "We got this mentality" the Thunder were outplayed and embarrassed by the champs 112-80. The Thunder were outscored in each quarter and the game was never really in reach.
Thunder "Big 3" held to just 34 combined points
They held the Thunder "Big 3" to just 34 combined points, 15 from Westbrook, 14 from Carmelo Anthony, and held All-star Paul George to just five points on (1-14) shooting. They made it tough for those three all night, and the frustration began to set in as the two western conference powerhouses began to get physical. Anthony and Durant shoved one another in the 1st half, Anthony was trying to set a screen and Durant got frustrated. Anthony once again with about 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter gets irritated with a hard foul by Draymond Green and they exchange words.
To end the third quarter Nick Young knocks down a three ball in the left corner and shows off in front of the Thunder bench and gets a shove from Westbrook who didn't take lightly to that.
Warriors + 11 in rebounding
Overall, the Thunder didn't appreciate a lot of extra show-boating the Warriors did throughout the game. The fact is the Warriors outplayed them in all phases of the game. They were a +24 from 3 point range the best shooter in the NBA, Curry had wide open looks for most of the night. They were + 11 in rebounding, in the previous two match-ups they had trouble keeping Steven Adams off the glass. They were also +17 in assist which helped the bench chip in with 39 points.
The icing on the cake was the job defensively they did on the Thunders three stars. It wasn't just the 28 points and 50% shooting from Kevin Durant the Finals MVP, or the 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assist from Curry. The Warriors put forth a championship effort on both ends and showed why they are the team to beat.
This was probably the Thunder's worst offensive output from a scoring perspective this season. Sure, they only scored 81 points against a bad Lakers and Mavericks team earlier in the season, but to have a showing like that on national TV against the Champs after beating them the way they did in the first two meetings is something the Thunder will remember until they face one another again on April 3rd in Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena and they're fans will be ready....