Golden State coach Mark Jackson maintained a calm demeanor during Sunday night's 119-109 loss to the Thunder, in part because he sees similarities in his team and the team that was beating him.
“Played against a very good basketball team that went to the Finals last year,” Jackson said afterward. “They have a couple of very special players. In their building, you cannot make mistakes. The thing that I pointed out to (our players) is that this is a process and they went through that same kind of experience and learned from it. It is important for us to the same thing and continue to get better.”
Down 97-75 early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 23-8 run to pull within 105-98 with 5:59 remaining.
“Give the Thunder credit because they played very well,” Jackson said. “They're a good defensive team and we didn't have it going early in this game. They are awfully good, but we came here to get a win.”
OKC continues surrender 30-point quarters, something coach Scott Brooks adamantly does not want to happen. The Warriors outscored the Thunder 36-25 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought our defense was sluggish at times,” Brooks said. “The Warriors, they have so many shooters on the floor. They space you out, and they have a really skilled big guy and their point guards are really good, but 36 points in the fourth quarter is just too many. That's not what we talk about or work on every day.”
All told, the Thunder has surrendered four 30-point quarters so far this season.
Memphis outscored OKC 36-15 in the second quarter of a 107-97 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena last Wednesday and Atlanta outscored OKC 30-22 in the opening period of a stunning 104-95 victory at The Peake on Nov. 4.
TURN THE TIDE
The Thunder finished with 12 turnovers, which led to 14 Golden State points. OKC rookie Jeremy Lamb committed the last two turnovers in a span of 24.1 seconds.
The Warriors committed 13 turnovers that led to 18 points for OKC.
“I thought that (13) turnovers was not a high number and acceptable for us, but not when (the Thunder) wind up with fast-break and transition 3-pointers,” Jackson said. “That's what takes the life out of you and gives them a burst.”
The Thunder had shot 13 for 20 (. 650) from 3-point range Sunday and is 27 for 49 (. 551) the last two games.