NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Golden State
(Saturday, February 21st)
Final Score: Golden State 133, Oklahoma City 120
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson finished with 26 points and nine assists, as the Golden State Warriors won a shootout with Oklahoma City, 133-120, at ORACLE Arena.
Corey Maggette had 25 points and eight rebounds, while Jamal Crawford added 24 points for Golden State, which has won four of five. The Warriors have reached the 100-point mark in eight consecutive games, going 5-3 in the stretch.
The win gave Golden State head coach Don Nelson the 1,300th victory of his career.
"We knew it was coming," said Jackson of Nelson's milestone. "We could have gotten it last game on national TV, but it was special."
Kevin Durant had 32 points for Oklahoma City, his third consecutive 30-point game and eighth this month -- in nine games -- but the Thunder tumbled to their fifth consecutive loss.
Oklahoma City nearly had the dubious distinction of allowing 140 points in two consecutive games, as the Thunder lost a 140-118 contest at Phoenix on Friday.
"Part of our development, part of our growth is being smarter," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "We let them dictate the style of play tonight and we turned it over too many times."
Jeff Green finished with 27 points, a career-high 15 boards and six assists in the Thunder loss, while Russell Westbrook added 31 points and 11 assists.
The game was a high-powered, back-and-forth affair from the start, as Oklahoma City took a 38-34 lead at the end of the first quarter. Durant had 14 points in the stanza, while Crawford poured in 11.
The teams traded slight leads in the second quarter, which Jackson ended with a layup to make it a 70-70 game at the break.
The Warriors opened the third quarter with six consecutive points, and went ahead 85-75 on a Jackson basket a little more than four minutes into the frame. But Oklahoma City responded with a 10-2 run that Green ended with two free throws, getting the Thunder within two.
However, Golden State scored 12 of the game's next 16 points, six of which came at the foul line. Maggette's pair of free throws made it a 99-89 Warriors lead, and they took a 101-94 advantage into the final quarter.
Oklahoma City stayed close in the fourth quarter, and a six-point burst again got the Thunder within two. Durant had two baskets, and Earl Watson's short shot cut Golden State's lead to 108-106 with seven minutes left.
The teams traded baskets, but Oklahoma City couldn't draw even, leaving Golden State an opportunity to pull ahead. The Warriors did just that, getting three consecutive baskets -- one from Crawford and two from Kelenna Azubuike, the second of which put Golden State up 120-112.
Moments later, Azubuike drilled a three-pointer for a 125-114 lead with a little over three minutes remaining, and the Warriors held on for the win from there.
Jackson also had seven turnovers, as did Green...Golden State's season high in points came on February 10, in a 144-127 win over New York...Ronny Turiaf and Monta Ellis each scored 14 for the Warriors, while Azubuike and C.J. Watson each added 11...Kyle Weaver had a career-high 19 points for the Thunder...Golden State made 56.3 percent of its shots, including 9-of-19 from beyond the arc...Oklahoma City sank 52.3 percent of its field goal attempts, but only 2-of-14 from three-point range...The Thunder had a 44-27 rebounding edge.
02/22 04:00:19 ET