10:30 PM ET, November 14, 2013
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
The Golden State Warriors have trailed for all of 23 seconds in three home games this NBA season. Those victories have come by an average of 20.0 points on 54.7-percent shooting.
Putting up similar numbers tonight is not going to be easy versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Western Conference’s best road team in 2012-13.
Golden State (5-3) is coming off its best shooting night of the basketball season in a 113-95 victory versus the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday that snapped a two-game skid.
The Warriors shot 60.0 percent and hit 8 of 16 from beyond the arc. It was Golden State’s best shooting performance in the regular season since March 25, 2011, when they hit 61.4 percent in a 138-100 win versus the Toronto Raptors.
Stephen Curry led the way with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting before resting for the entire fourth quarter.
The solid display from the field combined with a 43-34 rebounding advantage to overshadow 23 turnovers. Golden State has turned it over at least 20 times in five of eight games, and their 20.3 per game is the worst average in the NBA.
A similar shooting night might be just what the doctor order when facing Oklahoma City, a team that has won seven of eight versus the Warriors. They took three of four meetings last basketball season and outscored Golden State by an average of 20.0 points in the last two, shooting 50.6 percent.
Oklahoma City (5-2) lost 111-103 on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers, even while getting 33 points and 10 assists from Kevin Durant.
There was an altercation during that game that resulted Serge Ibaka and the Clippers’ Matt Barnes being ejected in the second quarter.
These NBA teams last met April 11 in the Thunder’s 116-97 victory versus the Warriors at Golden State.