Andre Iguodala stole the show with his buzzer beating fade away to push the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Actually, the whole team played an absolute complete game versus one of the Western conference juggernauts. In the past, it would of been a very rough night out at the Oracle Arena, but these new age Warriors are stacked with talent and a new brand of basketball is being played in the Bay Area.
The Thunder entered Oakland with a 5-2 record on the back end of a back to back after losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, which turned out to be a rather chippy evening. By Thursday you would figure OKC would come ready to play. The Warriors were pretty much in control for a majority of the game except for a couple early minutes. The Warriors were scorching hot from the 3 point line, shooting an astounding 82% at the half. Up until the final 2.3 seconds, the Warriors were running away with the game. Piling on with three pointers from just about every one on the court, but not enough to not allow a 14 point lead diminish to a one point deficit within 10
Minutes. Russell Westbrook nailed a deep three to give OKC the lead. Then Iguodala crushed their spirits with a Jordan-esque dagger.
Coach Mark Jackson has been grooming these guys to believe they are stars and the team has seemed to respond. SG Klay Thompson has fully embraced his opportunity to reclaim his starting role. Keeping Harrison Barnes fresh and ready to shore up the bench, for when the starters get a breather. This then frees up Stephen Curry to maneuver around the defenses and make something happen. Every thing is come together after last season’s playoff run and the team is playing inspired basketball at the moment. Let us just see what they are capable of. Today, the Warriors face the Utah Jazz at Oracle.