OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors lack healthy bodies. But they still have a surplus of all-stars.
So, with the Warriors missing Stephen Curry and a handful of key reserves, the Warriors outperformed a team from Oklahoma City Thunder with a 111-107 win on Tuesday's easy formula
Most responsibility lies with Kevin Durant (34 points) Klay Thompson (20) and Draymond Green (five points, eight assists, four rebounds). If only it were so easy for the warriors to tell their all-star players that they do what they do best.
The Warriors faced Russell Westbrook's seemingly inevitable attack (44 points on 15 of 26 shootings). They also had to pick up the thunder and took a 81
Still, Warriors (57-21) Prevented Thunder (45-34) It was the first Western Conference team to defeat the Warriors three times in the regular season since the 2014/15 season. And they were driven mainly by their all-stars.
Durant drilled a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 97-93 lead with 4:58 left. Almost 14 seconds later, Durant built Damian Jones for a bucket for a 99-93 lead and scored an 8-point win in 14 minutes. Durant later made a pair of foul shots to extend the lead to 103-97 with 2:37 remaining.
Durant committed a costly turnaround that used Corey Brewer for a Dunk to reduce the Warriors' lead to 107-105 in 18.1 seconds. Durant scored 15 points on a 4-of-8 clip after the first quarter and only 9 out of 25 from the field. However, Durant gave them punctual shots, a free-throw 14-by-14 mark, 10 rebounds and four assists.
In his third game, after missing the previous eight with a broken right thumb, Thompson shot 9:19 out of the field and still practiced the defense against Paul George, who scored 20 points on only 5 of 19 shootings  The Warriors coaching staff jokingly described themselves as former NBA point guard Mateen Cleaves during the morning turn. Then, during the game, Green drew in the point-forward position. He often ran both in the semicircle and in the transition. When Thompson and Nick Young suffered two fouls in the first quarter, Green played a bit at Point Guard. Green also made a couple of foul shots that left the Warriors with a 111-107 cushion with 10.1 seconds remaining.
Warriors guard Quinn Cook also added 12 points to 4-of-6 shooting and six backups.