OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to insist it doesn’t care about playoff seeding.
Well, on Sunday night, the boys showed just how little regard they apparently have for their first-round destination.
Against an injury-plagued Golden State team headed nowhere fast, Oklahoma City dropped a 120-117 shootout before 18,940 inside Oracle Arena.
And in defeat, the Thunder looked like anything but a playoff-bound bunch.
The Thunder blew a 13-point third-quarter lead and watched Golden State execute its high-octane offense to near perfection while struggling with the game’s most fundamental elements.
Jeff Green came up empty on a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1:11 remaining. The Thunder then gave up a 19-foot jumper to rookie Stephen Curry. Oklahoma City turned it over off an inbounds play on the next possession. Warriors forward Ronnie Turiaf then sliced his way to the rim for a layup. The Thunder turned it over yet again on the ensuing inbounds play. Curry proceeded to push the Warriors’ lead to 116-111 by splitting a pair of foul shots with 27.7 seconds remaining.
The loss dropped the Thunder to the eighth seed, technically tied with Portland and San Antonio, but OKC is down on tiebreakers with both teams.
A win tonight at Portland would put the Thunder one game ahead of the Blazers with one left to play for both teams.
Sunday's box score