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Thunder wins another tight one, 119-116 over Golden State

The Thunder overcame a 48-point performance from Monta Ellis to win a high-scoring affair in Oakland.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: February 8, 2012
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For the fourth time in the past six games, the Thunder gave up at least 30 points in the opening period, yielding 35 to the Warriors.

“We had a tough one (Monday) night,” Durant said. “And sometimes you think about it a little bit and bring it to the next game. Just how intense that game was; how emotional that game was and everything that happened, we kind of brought it here a little bit and we started off too relaxed. They hit us in the mouth early.”

Ellis led the charge with a career-high 48 points on 18-for-29 shooting. It broke Tony Parker’s scoring record for an opposing Thunder player this season. Parker had 42 last Saturday in San Antonio. Ellis connected on 12 of 17 shots in the first half and had registered 40 point in 26 minutes.

“We didn’t have any answers for (Ellis),” Brooks said.

Given the circumstances, the Thunder was just glad to get out of town with a win.

“We executed our plays at the end well,” Brooks said. “Even the ones that we missed, they were good looks. And that’s what you want as a team, to have growth in all areas of the game. Some areas are going to be slower than others. But I thought tonight, we did execute down the stretch. We got good looks and made big shots.”

The Thunder led 59-57 at halftime, but Golden State started the second half with a 13-5 spurt that put the Warriors ahead 70-64 in the first four minutes of the third period.

That’s about when it turned into a 3-point shootout.

Over the final seven minutes of the third quarter, both teams combined to shoot 13 3-pointers. The Thunder converted five of its nine hoists, helping it whittle down a deficit that grew to be as large as 12 to two. The teams combined to make 20-of-47 3-pointers for the game.

“You’re going to get wins like this,” Mohammed said. “It’s not always going to be pretty. You’re happy to get wins like this and not go home with losses you feel like you should have won. We didn’t play great. We gave up way too many points. Our defense in the pick-and-roll wasn’t as good as it’s going to be. But we won, we’re going to take it and we’re going to move on to (Sacramento).”

The Warriors had a chance to tie it on a last-second shot. But Durant blocked a corner 3-point attempt by Brandon Rush to seal the win.

Wednesday's box score: Thunder 119, Golden State 116