Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Outduel Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in Game 1

by May 17, 2016

The OKC Thunder, led by the All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, stunned the Golden State Warriors in the first game of the Western Conference Finals 108-102 Monday night.

KD and Russ outplayed Stephen Curry (26 points) and Klay Thompson (25 points.)

The defending champs now face a must-win situation in Game 2 Wednesday night.

Per the AP:

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City dazzled in the fourth quarter the way the Warriors have done so many times during their record-setting season, rallying from 14 points down for a 108-102 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Monday night.


Durant scored 26 points and made a key 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds left, while Westbrook scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half. Westbrook also had 12 assists and seven steals in the opener of the Thunder’s fourth West finals in six years. […] “We just stayed with it on the defensive end and when we got the shots late in the game we were able to focus in and knock them down,” Durant said. “We’re just a resilient group and keep fighting ’til the end.”


MVP Stephen Curry had 26 points and a playoff career-high 10 rebounds, but the Warriors missed too many shots down the stretch. The Warriors’ 42 second-half points and 14 in the fourth both were lows for this postseason. […] “We got rushed and tried to go for the home-run plays. Sometimes it works,” Curry said. “Defensively we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It’s something we’ll learn from going forward.”