Golden State's charter flight from Houston to Will Rogers World Airport late Tuesday night was diverted to Tulsa because of heavy fog. The team then had to wait for team buses and didn't arrive in OKC until 4 a.m. Wednesday, which was roughly 15 hours before tipoff.
The Warriors ended up losing 119-98 to the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
OKC coach Scott Brooks said he still anticipated an inspired effort from Golden State.
“When you have back-to-back games, you normally get in around 1:30-2 (a.m.). You normally don't fall asleep until 3,” Brooks said. “Any team can handle a night of tough travel. That's just part of it. You have to make adjustments. It's part of being an NBA team. Everything is not going to go smooth. You can't have a bunch of nights in a row like that. We've all been there where we've had no sleep and you still can perform the next night.”
Despite starting out the game 6 for 20 from the field, the Thunder still managed to shoot 50.5 percent in the game by converting 42 of its final 75 shots (. 560).
Meanwhile, the Warriors were held to 40.9 percent shooting from the field despite shooting 50 percent (10 for 20) from 3-point range.
All-Star candidate Stephen Curry shot just 5 for 20 from the field and finished with 14 points for Golden State. Curry did hand out a game-high 14 assists, however.
*Kevin Durant (25), Russell Westbrook (22) and Kevin Martin (21) all scored 20-plus points. OKC is now 6-0 when three players score 20-plus.
*Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Reggie Jackson scored 12, which means the Thunder is now 16-1 when five players score 10-plus points.
*The Thunder is now 17-0 when shooting 50-plus percent from the field.
*OKC had a season-high 16 blocked shots, led by Ibaka with six (including four in the first quarter alone). The Thunder is 11-1 when it has 10-plus blocks.