NBA Basketball

100
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Oklahoma City 25 28 21 26 100
Golden State 28 31 24 14 97
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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CT1:30 , November 25, 2019
Chase Center, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 18,064

Warriors hope to reverse fortunes against Thunder

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Thunder have won the two previous meetings between these teams this season, with both coming in Oklahoma City. The Thunder have made 14.5 three-pointers per game against the Warriors this season and 9.9 per game against all other opponents.
  2. The Warriors have lost nine of their last 10 games but made 12 three-pointers in their 113-109 loss to Utah Friday. That game ended a streak of five straight games making fewer than 10 three-pointers, the longest streak for the Warriors in the Steve Kerr era.
  3. The Thunder have lost six of their last eight games, including three in a row, allowing 49.9-percent shooting and 39.9-percent shooting from three over that span. Over its first seven games, Oklahoma City held its opponents to 40.3-percent shooting and 27.3 percent from deep.
  4. Eric Paschall has averaged 20.7 points in the 10 games in which he started, the most of any rookie in the NBA this season. His 16.8 points per game overall are on pace to be the highest by a Golden State rookie since Steph Curry averaged 17.5 in 2009-10.
  5. Nerlens Noel has 22 blocked shots and 16 steals this season in 256 minutes, giving him 7.1 defensive stops per 48 minutes, the highest rate in the NBA this year among players with at least 200 minutes played.
  6. The Thunder are 6-6 when playing at home against the Warriors since 2013-14 but are just 2-9 when playing in Golden State over that same stretch. Oklahoma City has shot 42.2 percent at Golden State since 2013-14, its worst mark in any arena.

Two teams that have fallen upon hard times -- some harder than others -- since losing Kevin Durant get a chance to lick their wounds Monday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors.

The Thunder have lost three in a row and the Warriors their last two as they meet in a rematch of a 114-108 Oklahoma City home win earlier this month.

Such is the current state of 10- and 14-loss teams that both the Thunder and Warriors have been applauded of late simply by coming close.

Oklahoma City's three-game losing streak has been impressive, if there is such a thing. The first two losses were by two and five points, respectively, in a road back-to-back against the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. The third came by three at home in the second half of a home-and-home with the Lakers.

It's been a while since the Thunder have seen a team like Golden State.

"We've had a lot of (close losses) this year," guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander told reporters after Friday's second loss to the Lakers. "It's something we'll all learn from and we'll get better from."

The Thunder also have had a lot of practice losing on the road. The double-dip in L.A. dropped them to 0-6 for the season on the road, allowing them to share with Orlando the distinction of being the only teams to remain winless away from home.

The key to success in the earlier home win over Golden State was 3-point shooting. In a game that was quite even in most other areas, the Thunder outscored the Warriors 42-21 on 3-pointers, hitting 14 of 30 while Golden State went just 7-for-22.

D'Angelo Russell made four of Golden State's seven treys in eight attempts in that contest, but he won't play on Monday.

The Warriors suited up just eight players for the final two games of their just completed four-game trip, and figure to have a similar look against the Thunder despite some encouraging news last week.

But the new report after Sunday's workout was that center Kevon Looney (neuropathy) has been pushed back at least until the end of the week, while rookie Alen Smailagic is now being pointed to Wednesday night against Chicago for his NBA debut.

Russell (thumb) remains out, and it appears Draymond Green, who missed the last two games with an assortment of minor injuries, won't play at least until Wednesday, either.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was impressed with what his remaining eight guys were able to accomplish Friday at Utah at the end of a six-day, four-game trip. Golden State rallied late and had the ball, down three, in the final seconds before coming up short, 113-109.

"We're not winning a lot of games, but we're competing," Kerr told reporters after the Utah game. "And I'm really proud of the guys."

In their first season after seeing Durant become a Brooklyn Net, the Warriors (3-14) have gone from an NBA Finalist to the team with the worst record in the league.

The Thunder (5-10), meanwhile, haven't won a playoff series since Durant left for Golden State after leading Oklahoma City to the Western finals in 2014 and 2016.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 24, 2019

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