Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/12
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Golden State coach Mark Jackson has no problem admitting the Thunder provide the blueprint for what he wants his team to become. However, the Warriors don't have a Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to build around just yet, and that difference was apparent Sunday when Oklahoma City beat Golden State 119-109 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder had a 94-73 lead to start the fourth quarter, and it looked like the Oklahoma City starters were done for then night. But the Warriors went on a 12-4 run to start the period. That forced Brooks to bring Durant and Westbrook back into the game.But momentum had shifted to the road team and Golden State closed to within seven points with 5:48 left in the game. That would be as close as the Warriors would get. Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin knocked down a pair of jumpers to push the Thunder advantage back into double figures, and Westbrook and Durant scored the next seven points to put the game away. Westbrook led all scorers with 30 points to go along with seven assists. Durant added 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the first triple-double of his career. Martin came off the bench to chip in with 23. Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting. David Lee had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Oklahoma City took a 59-46 lead into the locker room after a frenetic first half. Westbrook led all scorers with 16 first-half points and Durant had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Draymond Green came off to bench to score nine for the Warriors. Westbrook began the game firing from all over the court. With Curry guarding him, Westbrook was able to get any jump shot he wanted or was able to post up the smaller Curry. Offensively, the Thunder continued the hot shooting it had started Friday in New Orleans. That included Martin, who was 3-of-4 from 3-point range in the first half. Warriors coach Jackson had been pleased with his team's defense heading into the game. But they allowed the Thunder to shoot 52 percent from the field in the first two quarters. Golden State kept the score close with a balanced attack. Nine players scored at least two points apiece in the first half, but none was in double figures. Oklahoma City stretched its lead to 14 points late in the second quarter. But baskets by Carl Landry and a couple of Lee free throws cut gap to single digits. The Thunder stemmed the tide when Durant drained a 3-pointer and Westbrook threw down a ferocious fastbreak dunk in the final seconds of the half. NOTES: Martin has been steady from the free throw line. In his first year with the Thunder, he was shooting 94 percent from the line heading into Sunday's game, which is fourth best in the NBA. His success at the charity stripe is no surprise to his coach. "He has knack of being to get to the line," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "He's crafty, he's clever, he's quick. He has the quickest first step with a live dribble. He has a way of getting to the free throw line. We like that." ... Golden State is coming off a 106-98 victory over Minnesota in which it outscored the Timberwolves 58-22 in the paint. According to Elias, that was the largest paint-scoring margin by a road team against an opponent with a winning record since Feb. 8, 2009. ... Brooks said the 110-95 win over New Orleans was the Thunder's best game of the year. ... Golden State coach Jackson offered his assessment on how he would slow down Westbrook if he were still playing. "Chapel first. Then stay late after all the guys leave and get some extra prayer in." ... After leaving Friday's game against Minnesota with flu-like symptoms, Warriors second-year guard Klay Thompson was back in the starting lineup Sunday. ... The Warriors' Richard Jefferson strained his right calf in the first quarter and didn't return to the game.
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