Golden State Warriors complete season sweep over Steven Adams' OKC Thunder
Steven Adams and the Oklahoma City Thunder are now officially the whipping boys of the Golden State Warriors.
There may be plenty of feeling between the past and present teams of NBA All-Star Kevin Durant, but right now there is nothing resembling a competitive rivalry.
That was clear after the Warriors on Tuesday (NZT) completed a 4-0 season sweep of the Thunder with a 111-95 victory in Oklahoma City.
The Warriors have now thumped the Thunder by margins of 26, 21, 16 and 16 respectively in their four meetings this season, with Billy Donovan's team seemingly at a loss in how to contain their speed, shooting and crisp ball movement.
The Warriors, sans Durant who continues to rehab his injured knee with a view to a return before the playoffs, broke the latest game open with a 34-17 second quarter and were never threatened thereafter.
They led 59-39 at the half and 92-66 at the end of three in a game that had plenty of edge about it, but little in the way of competitiveness. A shoving match broke out five seconds before halftime when Warriors star Stephen Curry and Thunder backup guard Semaj Christon got into a tussle at a jumped ball, and then Russell Westbrook and Draymond Green also got involved. All four received technicals, bringing Westbrook within one of an automatic one-game suspension.
But, as has been the story of this matchup this season, Curry had the last laugh when he sprung free to drill an open three-pointer at the buzzer to put his team out by 20 at ther major break.
The Thunder drop to 40-30 for the season and the Warriors improve to 56-14. Golden State lead the West standings by 2.5 games over the San Antonio Spurs, while OKC are a game behind the LA Clippers in sixth.
Westbrook fell well short of his triple-double average with a sub-par performance by his high standards. He made just four of 16 shots en route to 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five turnovers.
Steven Adams made four of his five shots for nine points, but picked up just one rebound as he failed to make an impact on the glass. The big Kiwi continued his free-throw shooting struggles with just one of four from the stripe.
Victor Oladipo led the Thunder with 17 points (6/14 FG), six boards and five assists, while Enes Kanter added 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Klay Thompson paced the Warriors with 34 points (12/21 FG, 7/15 3PT), while Curry added 23 points (8/17 FG, 7/12 3PT) and six assists.
The Warriors shot 48 percent from the floor and a stellar 46 from beyond the arc, while the Thunder went at a 42 percent clip overall and made just four of 21 attempts from deep.
OKC's next outing is at home against the PHiladephia 76ers on Thursday (NZT).