Baller Mind Frame

Warriors Stay Alive With Game 5 Victory

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

Screen capture courtesy of the NBA/YouTube.

The Golden State Warriors weren’t about to lose three in a row, that much we can be clear about. With a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5, OKC’s series lead in the West Finals has shrunk to 3-2.

Golden State shot 47.1 percent from the field, 37.5 percent on triples, and had 15 turnovers. OKC went 42.9 percent from the floor, 43.3 percent on threes, and had 17 turnovers. Within these team numbers, there were some outstanding individual performances.

Kevin Durant dropped 40 points on 13-13 free-throw shooting, while Russell Westbrook put up a 31/8/7 game. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry had 31 points, 7 boards, and 6 assists. He made 3-8 threes and 10-10 free throws.

Draymond Green had somewhat of a bounce back game even though he didn’t look like quite his normal self. Green had 11 points, 13 boards, and 4 blocks. Klay Thompson also put up 27 points.

The heroes, or at least two of the huge contributors, were Andrew Bogut and Marreese Speights. Bogut’s best playoff performance happened in Game 5 (15 points/14 rebounds). Speights dropped 14 points in limited action.

This game can’t come across as too shocking. For a team who hadn’t lost back-to-back games all season prior to Games 3/4 in OKC, how could we expect the Warriors to drop three straight? Especially at home.

What’s more, the Warriors seemed to have a resurgence in intensity. They appeared genuinely rattled and shaken during its recent trip to OKC. After establishing a quality rhythm back in Oakland, the defending champs will need to duplicate that effort level in a different city.

The question for Saturday will be whether or not GSW can translate its game to the road. That 5/28 matchup will go down in OKC at 9:00 PM ET.

 

111
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Oklahoma City 21 29 27 34 111
Golden State 25 33 23 39 120
120
9:00 PM ET, May 26, 2016
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California  Attendance: 19,596

 

Oklahoma City
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Durant F 44:36 12-31 13-13 3-11 -4 0 7 4 1 1 3 3 40
S. Ibaka F 40:27 5-10 0-0 3-5 -3 1 8 3 0 0 0 2 13
S. Adams C 31:13 4-6 0-1 0-0 -7 3 10 1 1 0 1 3 8
R. Westbrook G 40:52 11-28 6-9 3-8 -9 2 7 8 0 5 7 5 31
A. Roberson G 33:38 2-5 0-0 2-3 -3 4 6 3 0 2 1 6 6
D. Waiters 26:41 0-4 0-0 0-1 -18 2 4 4 0 0 1 3 0
R. Foye 8:41 1-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2
A. Morrow 7:29 4-4 0-0 2-2 -3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 10
E. Kanter 6:12 0-1 1-1 0-0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 1
N. Mohammed 0:12 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Collison  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
C. Payne  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
K. Singler  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Huestis  DNP — INACTIVE
M. McGary  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 39-91
(.429)
20-24
(.833)
13-30
(.433)
13 45 23 2 8 17 26 111

 

Golden State
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Green F 39:16 4-10 3-3 0-2 +2 5 13 4 4 1 2 4 11
H. Barnes F 25:05 2-7 0-0 2-2 +12 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 6
A. Bogut C 29:46 7-9 1-2 0-0 +2 4 14 2 2 2 2 3 15
S. Curry G 37:27 9-20 10-10 3-8 +6 0 7 6 0 5 5 0 31
K. Thompson G 36:58 8-21 9-10 2-9 +5 0 5 2 0 1 3 4 27
A. Iguodala 34:11 3-5 1-2 1-2 +7 0 1 8 1 1 1 2 8
S. Livingston 14:15 3-6 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 6
M. Speights 8:31 4-7 5-5 1-1 +7 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 14
L. Barbosa 7:20 0-0 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
F. Ezeli 3:42 0-0 2-2 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
A. Varejao 3:29 0-0 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Clark  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. McAdoo  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
K. Looney  DNP — INACTIVE
B. Rush  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 40-85
(.471)
31-34
(.912)
9-24
(.375)
11 45 25 7 13 15 18 120

 

Officials: Ken Mauer, James Capers, Marc Davis
Time of Game: 2:31
Technicals
Golden State
– D. Green (11:10 – 3rd Qtr)
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