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Rebuilding Thunder Cruise Past Warriors

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season was considered all but over once offseason trades sent away All-Star Paul George and franchise cornerstone Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets respectively. The Thunder received a trove of draft picks and some great young talent in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Despite the great haul, OKC had admittedly entered its first rebuild mode in franchise history.

There was no signs of struggling Sunday afternoon as they handed Golden State one of their worst losses to date.

The Thunder were up 70-37 at the half, The Warrior’s worst halftime deficit since 1997 against the Seattle SuperSonics, a game they lost 111-86. Coincidentally, the SuperSonics are the team that relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008.

OKC did not let up and had scored 105 points through three quarters, a massive offensive showing. The final score was 120-92, with the Thunder defense keeping the Warriors under 100 points. They shot only 32.6% from the field as opposed to Oklahoma’s blistering 55.7%.

This was an impressive outing considering the Warriors still have two all-stars and a Defensive Player of the Year on their roster. Offseason acquisition D’Angelo Russell struggled greatly scoring only 6 points on 3-10 shooting before being ejected for disputing a call and getting into an official’s face in the third quarter. Steph led Golden State with 23 points but was only 2-9 from downtown. Draymond Green and Marquese Chriss both added 10 apiece.

The Thunder’s fantastic performance was led by Dennis Schröder who scored 22 points along with 8 boards and 6 assists in only 25 minutes off the bench. Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who were involved in the trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers, both contributed 21 and 19 points respectively.

This was the Thunder’s first win of the season putting them at 1-2. Golden State drops to 0-2 after the loss.

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Featured photo credit: NBA.com

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