OAKLAND, Calif. — Three Thunder gamers have been injured and Oklahoma Metropolis nonetheless left Oracle Area with a lopsided win towards the ailing, slumping two-time defending NBA champions.
Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma Metropolis defeated the Warriors 123-95 Wednesday evening, when Thunder rookie and Queens native Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left however prevented a severe damage in response to the crew after X-rays and Warriors docs evaluated him.
OKC’s Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a child, then went down on the 5:41 mark of the primary quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Nerlens Noel obtained stitches after getting hit within the face in the course of the second quarter.
“There’s simply been lots of issues on this highway journey which have impacted any stage of consistency, our rotation, of getting any concept of who’s going to be taking part in,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan mentioned.
Diallo’s left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Area crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko’s missed layup after they each went down laborious.
Westbrook started 1 for six, then hit his stride, ending with 11 factors, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. It was his second sport again since lacking 5 with a sprained left ankle, then one other when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday evening.
“Simply having one another’s again. When guys go down, we’re a household right here and we’ve got to have our brother’s again, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Westbrook mentioned.
Paul George had 25 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Steven Adams contributed 20 factors and 11 rebounds because the Thunder despatched the Warriors to their first four-game skid in practically six years.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 factors apiece, with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who have been once more taking part in with out All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Inexperienced, in addition to key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.
“It wasn’t fairly tonight, and it hasn’t been these final 4 video games,” Thompson mentioned. “If you wish to take a optimistic out of it, that’s the primary time we’ve misplaced 4 video games in a row underneath Steve (Kerr). That’s fairly unimaginable.”
Clearly in ache, Diallo moved himself off the courtroom and was underneath basket for a number of minutes.
In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo grew to become the primary Thunder rookie ever to go no less than 7 for 7 from the ground. He made each his 3-point tries on the best way to 18 factors.
Westbrook’s 3-pointer 4:17 earlier than halftime put the Thunder forward 50-37.
The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 of their season opener Oct. 16 and had received the final three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with simply 11 assists to 10 turnovers however opened the third with a 13-2 run to get inside 62-59.
Whereas Golden State dropped 10 of its last 17 video games final season, the Warriors hadn’t endured a four-game dropping streak in the course of the common season since dropping 4 in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. Additionally they misplaced six straight simply earlier than that in February ’13.