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.
Foreshadowing the type of night it would be, the first quarter saw the two teams combine for 19 fast break points while the lead changed hands 11 times.
The show carried over seamlessly into the second quarter, as both teams' offenses somehow maintained their torrid paces. But at halftime, even after a flurry of fun offense, the game was tied at 62-all.
Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka carried the load for the Thunder, combining to score 43 points, while the Warriors' big three of Curry, Thompson and Lee combined to score 40 points.
But the Thunder temporarily ran out of gas in the third quarter and could only watch as the Warriors built an 11-point lead and pulled away. Westbrook was OKC's only real source of offense, remaining in attack mode and scoring 11 points in the period. His teammates generated just 13 points, and the Warriors ultimately outscored the Thunder 33-24 in the frame.
More troubling for the Thunder was Durant's inability to contribute.
After starting 4-for-4 from the field, Durant missed his next seven shots, five of them coming in the midst of Golden State's third-quarter run.
"I wasn't aggressive enough," Durant said. "Russ did have it going, and when somebody's got it going like that it's kind of hard to take the ball out his hands. I just got to be better. No excuses, man. I got to make shots."
Making matters worse, Durant picked up his fourth foul with 2:22 remaining in the third. Brooks, however, left Durant in and even started him for the fourth quarter.
Fourteen seconds into the fourth, Durant was called for a reaching foul on Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, forcing Durant to the bench. He didn't return until 8:54 was left in the game.
But Durant finally found his stroke when he nailed a 3-pointer with 5:31 that sparked the Thunder's comeback and pulled OKC within 108-100. It was Durant's first field goal since 11:12 was left in the second quarter but his final one of the game.
Still, the Thunder slowly cut into the deficit from there, getting a putback layup and three-point play from Ibaka to pull within five and a Sefolosha 3-pointer to cut it to three.
Curry missed a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds, allowing the Thunder a chance to win it. Brooks let his players play it out, choosing to not call a timeout following the defensive rebound, and Westbrook delivered.
"I'm going for the win," Westbrook said of his clutch shot after the game. "I'm not trying to tie."
But Iguodala had just enough time to do him one better, leaving the Thunder on the wrong side of a barnburner that basketball fans everywhere enjoyed.
"It was fun," said Durant, "until the last shot."