Collison sits; Robinson activatedThunder reserve forward Nick Collison missed Tuesday night’s 115-114 overtime victory against Golden State due to a sprained left ankle. His status is listed as day-to-day, starting with Wednesday night’s game at Phoenix. Collison, who was receiving ice treatment in the locker room after the contest, suffered the injury in the first half against Portland on Sunday night, but did not leave the game. He also is recovering from a sprained right ankle suffered at Cleveland on March 13. Thunder reserve guard Nate Robinson was activated Tuesday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on March 4, but did not play.
VALLEY OF THE SUNThe Thunder plays the Suns Wednesday night at 9, and probably arrived in Phoenix before the Suns did early Wednesday morning. The Suns played at Sacramento in a game that started two hours later than the Thunder-Warriors game.
WORKING OVERTIMEOKC is 8-1 in overtime this season and became only the fifth team in NBA history to win eight or more overtime games in the same season. The others are Sacramento (9-2 in 1999-2000), Detroit (8-0 in 2001-02), Milwaukee (8-1 in 1976-77) and Philadelphia (8-6 in 1989-90).
CURRY’S FLURRYWarriors guard Stephen Curry had 35 points (13 for 23 from the field; 5 for 8 from 3-point range; 4 for 4 from the free-throw line), six rebounds and five assists Tuesday. In three meetings against the Thunder this season, he averaged 32.2 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and shot 60.7 percent (37 for 61) from the field, 55.0 percent (11 for 20) from 3-point range and didn’t miss a free throw (8 for 8).
THUNDER RECOGNIZEDFast Company Magazine listed the Thunder at No. 6 on its list of “The 10 Most Innovative Companies in Sports.” “For proving that market size doesn’t matter,” the publication stated. “Following a nasty arena dispute between the Seattle SuperSonic owners and city leaders, the franchise relocated in 2008 to Oklahoma City, the NBA’s smallest market (1.2 million people) and third smallest TV market. It ranks in the top 15 in overall attendance and is one of the most profitable small-market teams in any sport, worth an estimated $329 million, 18th in the league, according to Forbes. Kevin Durant, the NBA’s youngest scoring champ, and a core of young stars has led the fast turnaround, from having the league’s second-worst record to contending for the title.” Ranked ahead of the Thunder is 1. ESPN; 2. Turner Sports; 3. Livestrong; 4. Fenway Sports Group; 5. Qcue.
HEADED FOR EXITSThe sellout crowd of 18,203 lost a few thousand fans who left the arena during a Golden State timeout with 13.5 seconds remaining and the Thunder leading 106-100. The Warriors buried two 3-pointers in a span of 4.2 seconds to tie the score — Reggie Williams with 11.1 left; Monta Ellis with 6.9 left after a steal — and the game eventually went into overtime.
BRIEFLYThe Thunder is 13-2 in March, the most victories in a month in Thunder history. Seattle went 14-3 on two occasions (in March 1994 and November 1996). … After getting outrebounded 20-2 on the offensive end last time against Golden State, OKC and the Warriors tied 8-8 on Tuesday. … Golden State took an astounding 40 more shots in the last meeting (99-59). This time, the Warriors had 16 more attempts (104-88). … Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Ekpe Udoh had 12 points, six rebounds, three blocks and had to find 20 tickets for friends and family. … The Warriors scored 28 points off 19 Thunder turnovers, and OKC was outscored 15-4 on second-chance points. … The game had 11 ties and 18 lead changes.
QUOTEBOARD“We got off to a great start tonight and I felt like we outplayed them or played them neck-to-neck. They just came up with some plays at the end to win it.” – Golden State forward David Lee. By John Rohde
Collison sits; Robinson activated