OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Warriors and Thunder crafted another thriller. This time, Golden State -- which won in Oakland with a buzzer-beater by Andre Iguodala -- walked away heartbroken.
All-NBA guard Russell Westbrook gave Oklahoma City sweet revenge with a scrambling, turnaround 3-pointer from the left corner with a tenth of a second left, force-feeding the Warriors to a 113-112 overtime loss Friday.
"For us to be short-handed and still find a way to be one rebound away from beating a team that hasn't lost in their own building, it kind of makes it hurts even more," point guard Stephen Curry said after scoring 32 points with a career-high tying 11 rebounds. "We know we gave up an opportunity. We're way past moral victories for this organization."
Golden State, which nearly clawed its way to a road upset despite Iguodala's absence because of a hamstring injury, gave up two offensive rebounds on the final possession.
Ahead 112-110 and needing a stop, the Warriors forced Kevin Durant to miss a floater. But Warriors guard Klay Thompson let the ball roll out of bounds instead of grabbing it. After reviewing the play, the officials deemed the ball went off Thompson, giving the Thunder possession with 9.4 seconds left.
Then Golden State coaxed Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka into missing a jumper. It appeared Jermaine O'Neal -- in for Andrew Bogut, who fouled out with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks -- had the rebound in his hands. Somehow, the ball ended up spilling toward the baseline.
Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha tracked it down and saved it blindly over his head. The ball went right to Westbrook.
"Russell wanted the basketball more than anybody else on the floor," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "He had great will. Made a big play, and we didn't go get the basketball."
Westbrook hit what everyone thought was the dagger 3 in the nail-biter in Oakland on Nov. 14. But Iguodala one-upped him.
Once again, Westbrook said he was going for the win all the way. He caught the ball in front of Harrison Barnes, hustled out to the three-point line, spun to his right, pulled up and fired. This time, Westbrook didn't leave any time left.
"It's just that much more frustrating that we were so close," said David Lee, who was 2 of 12 from the field and missed a key free throw late. "All it took was a rebound, and that's something that we do very well. ... Can't believe we lost the ball out of our hands. Can't believe they saved it without going out of bounds. Can't believe he hit a shot fading away in the corner. Tough break."
The Warriors (9-8), who conclude the four-game trip in Sacramento on Sunday, have now lost five of their last six. But Friday's effort was much more along the lines of the resiliency and grit fans have come to expect.
"We're certainly headed in the right direction," Jackson said. "I think the thing is now (doing it) for 48 minutes. I don't think we've put together three straight games of our energy for 48 minutes. But this one was certainly acceptable. We've got to close out possessions. We didn't (Friday), and the last one hurt us."
Golden State outplayed the Thunder for most of the game. Curry matched Westbrook. Barnes was borderline brilliant on both ends, scoring 26 points on 15 shots while helping to hold Durant to 25 points on 22 shots with four turnovers.
The Warriors held Oklahoma City 33.3 percent shooting in the second half and overtime. But offensive rebounds and free throws by the Thunder kept Golden State from putting away the Thunder.
Curry opened overtime with a jumper. Four straight free throws by the Thunder (11-3) put the Warriors down 108-106. Durant made it a four-point game with a pull-up jumper at the 2:31 mark.
As they had all night, the Warriors rallied back.
Barnes hit two free throws. After a Warriors stop, Curry drove and set up a layup for Lee. One more stop later, Barnes put the Warriors up 112-110 with a driving reverse layup.
Golden State thwarted Oklahoma City on three straight possessions, forcing a turnover and three missed jumpers. With one more stop, the Warriors are getting fouled intentionally and potentially icing it with two free throws.
But it seems that's not a breathtaking enough ending for the Warriors-Thunder matchup.
"You can tell this is starting to build up into something real cool between us two," Durant said. "We'll see how it goes."
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