The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-4) showcased their offensive prowess, recording 31 assists and making nearly 60% of their 3-point attempts, as they handed the short-handed Golden State Warriors (6-7) their fifth consecutive loss with a convincing 128-109 victory.
Isaiah Joe was a perfect 7 for 7 from beyond the arc, notching a season-high 23 points, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 24 points and seven assists, leading the Thunder to their fifth win in six games. Rookie Chet Holmgren secured his fourth double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors faced significant challenges with the absence of Stephen Curry (right knee soreness), Draymond Green (suspension), and the early exit of Gary Payton II due to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter.
Despite grabbing 20 offensive rebounds, Golden State struggled to contain the Thunder’s offensive onslaught.
Jonathan Kuminga led the Warriors with 21 points, stepping into the starting lineup for the suspended Green.
However, the absence of key players like Curry and Green, especially on the defensive end, proved detrimental as the Thunder seized control early in the game.
Golden State attempted to mount a comeback in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to just a point. Still, the Thunder responded emphatically, outscoring the Warriors 34-24 in the fourth quarter to secure a decisive victory.