OKC Thunder: Golden State sinks Thunder on last-second shot

Andre Iguodala buries game-winning 16-foot turnaround jumper to give Warriors a 116-115 victory.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 15, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. -- You know you're watching a special ballgame when the first half is filled with so many highlights that the guy in charge of replays just gives up.

But can anyone blame him?

If you blinked, you might have missed a bucket Thursday night, and God forbid any bathroom breaks.

Thunder-Warriors was just that riveting.

So much so that two shots in the final three seconds decided the 116-115 thriller.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, the Warriors got the last shot.

With it, Golden State guard Andre Iguodala buried a game-winning 16-foot turnaround jumper over Thabo Sefolosha at the buzzer, a bucket that sent the Oracle Arena crowd into a frenzy and served as the final straw on a night that was so, so fun.

"That was a great shot," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "He made a tough shot over a contested hand and, unfortunately, it went in."

Sefolosha was satisfied with his defense.

"Out of 10 of them, I don't know how many he's going to make," he said. "I like our chances with that shot."

Iguodala's dagger followed a go-ahead 3-pointer from Russell Westbrook that had brought the Thunder back from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and gave OKC a one-point lead with 2.3 seconds remaining.

"He's a big-game player, man, and he had it going all night," said Kevin Durant. "As soon as he let it go, it looked good."

Westbrook finished with a game-high 31 points with nine rebounds and five assists in his sixth and best game yet since returning from a knee injury. Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 27 points with a game-high 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Durant added 20 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

Klay Thompson scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Warriors. Stephen Curry added 22 points and nine assists. David Lee scored 20, and Iguodala finished with 14 points and nine assists for the Warriors.

The game featured 24 made 3-pointers, 39 fast-break points, 46 assists, nine ties and 16 lead changes.

"It was a great NBA basketball game," Brooks said.

It was a shootout from the start, with both teams pushing the pace for fast-break opportunities and letting shots fly from all areas of the floor. The Thunder held its own early despite coming in on the second night of a back-to-back. OKC held a 33-32 lead after a wildly entertaining and highly efficient opening period in which the Thunder made 13 of 19 shots.

Durant and Westbrook led the charge, combining to score 19 points on 8-for-8 shooting in the period, adding three rebounds and six assists between them.

Golden State swished its first five 3-pointers and six of eight in the first quarter to keep up. The Warriors also turned eight Thunder turnovers into nine points.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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