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BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm •  Published: December 9, 2008
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photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) loses the ball out of bounds in front of Brandan Wright (32) of Golden State as Oklahoma City's Jeff Green (22) and Damien Wilkins (21) look on in the second half during the NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, December 8, 2008. Golden State won, 112-102.  BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) loses the ball out of bounds in front of Brandan Wright (32) of Golden State as Oklahoma City's Jeff Green (22) and Damien Wilkins (21) look on in the second half during the NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, December 8, 2008. Golden State won, 112-102. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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For the Thunder, it was the same ingredients that have combined to form what’s been a recipe for disappointment this season — bad defense, numerous turnovers and missed free throws.

The Thunder offered no resistance as the Warriors shot 50.6 percent, including a 72.2 percent clip in the first quarter that led to a 29-23 lead after the first 12 minutes. A 32-19 Warriors second quarter extended their lead to 19 at the half.

"I’m extremely disappointed in our effort in the first half,” said Brooks, who’s one promise to Oklahoma City fans when he took over for P.J. Carlesimo was his team would play hard every night. "We can’t afford to dig ourselves a hole like that. It’s unacceptable...Coming back from the road, we were expecting to bring it in front of our home fans and we didn’t in the first half.”

The Thunder committed 22 turnovers, four fewer than its season-high. Oklahoma City made just 12 of 20 free throws, missing seven of 10 in the fourth quarter to ensure its rally fell short.

"It was a step back,” Brooks said. "But it’s a step back where we have to take from it and learn from it.”


WARRIORS 112, THUNDER 102

GOLDEN STATE

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 41-81 26-33 11-47 17 19 112
Azubuike 44:44 5-15 4-4 2-6 0 4 14
Wright 22:41 5-6 5-6 1-5 0 2 15
Biedrins 40:24 7-15 3-7 6-21 5 5 17
Morrow 25:08 4-12 5-6 2-5 1 0 15
Crawford 39:48 7-13 4-5 0-1 6 1 19
Belinelli 18:25 6-7 0-0 0-2 0 4 13
Turiaf 28:02 3-7 3-3 0-5 4 2 9
CWatson 20:48 4-6 2-2 0-2 1 1 10
Percentages: FG .506, FT .788. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Morrow 2-5, Belinelli 1-1, Crawford 1-5, Azubuike 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 23 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Turiaf 4, Biedrins 2, Azubuike). Turnovers: 22 (Biedrins 6, Crawford 5, Azubuike 4, Belinelli 2, Turiaf 2, C.Watson 2, Morrow). Steals: 13 (Biedrins 3, Morrow 3, Belinelli 2, Crawford 2, Azubuike, C.Watson, Wright). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 4:24 first;Defensive three second, 8:12 second;Defensive three second, 4:39 third.

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 41-96 12-20 17-48 26 26 102
Durant 43:39 15-27 5-5 0-10 4 3 41
Green 36:03 4-13 1-4 1-4 3 4 9
Wilcox 26:27 4-9 0-0 4-8 0 2 8
Wilkins 23:38 4-9 0-0 2-4 3 2 10
Wstbrok 34:05 4-14 0-0 5-8 7 3 8
EWatson 25:55 1-4 1-2 0-0 7 4 3
Collison 23:05 6-10 3-5 3-10 2 5 15
Mason 22:57 2-7 2-4 2-3 0 3 6
Petro 4:11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Percentages: FG .427, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Durant 6-10, Wilkins 2-3, Wilcox 0-1, E.Watson 0-2, Westbrook 0-2, Green 0-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 22 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Durant 3, Collison 2, Green, Mason, Wilcox). Turnovers: 21 (Westbrook 6, Durant 4, Green 3, Mason 3, Wilcox 2, Petro, E.Watson, Wilkins). Steals: 7 (Green 2, Westbrook 2, Collison, Durant, E.Watson). Technical Fouls: None.

Golden State 29 32 25 26 112
Oklahoma City 23 19 26 34 102
A—17,854 (19,134). T—2:18.

Officials—Dan Crawford, Courtney Kirkland, Brian Forte.

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