Thunder roar to leave Warriors on brink in Western Conference finals

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 helps, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 aids, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals and put the safeguarding NBA champs on the edge of removal.

It was Westbrooks initially triple-double of the playoffs after publishing 18 in the routine season. Kevin Durant included 26 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Golden State, who won a league record 73 video games in the routine season, lost successive online games for the very first time this season. The Warriors should win Game 5 on Thursday in Oakland to keep their season alive.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 26 points. Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry was restricted to 19 points on six-for-20 shooting.

Golden States Draymond Green, who was fined for kicking Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3, completed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 6 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma City got an increase from a not likely source. Andre Roberson, a gamer the Warriors have actually neglected sometimes throughout the series, scored a career-high 17 points and got 12 rebounds.

The Thunder led 30-26 at the end of the very first quarter, then got control in the 2nd. In the most not likely of connections, Adams tossed a bullet pass to Roberson near the basket for a dunk that offered the Thunder a 56-43 lead with simply over 4 minutes left in the very first half.

Oklahoma City completed with a flurry and led 72-53 at halftime. The Thunder matched the most points they have actually scored in a very first half in franchise playoff history, a mark they set the previous video game versus the Warriors. It likewise matched the most points Golden State have actually allowed a half this season for the 2nd straight video game.

Westbrook had 21 points, 9 helps and 5 rebounds in the very first half, and Durant had 18 points and 6 boards.

Curry completed 4 for 14 in the very first half. Green had 4 points and 5 turnovers and Thompson had 4 points and 3 fouls in 12 minutes.

Golden State shot 46% from the field in the very first half, however Oklahoma City outrebounded the Warriors 28-20 and outscored them 21-9 at the complimentary toss line in the half.

Thompson aimed to keep the Warriors in it, scoring 19 points in simply over 7 minutes to begin the 3rd quarter. The Thunder preserved their composure, led 94-82 at the end of the duration and stayed in control in the 4th.

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