The Warriors extended their home winning streak to 41 games, beating the Thunder 116-108. Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points as Kevin Durant did all he could, scoring a game-high 40.
With their win, the Warriors have matched the best 50-game start to a season, equaling the Wilt Chamberlain-led 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, who also started 46-4.
How the Warriors held off the Thunder
The Warriors had one of their worst offensive performances of the season, so to speak. Golden State had its worst 3-point field-goal percentage of the season at home, shooting 26.9 percent from beyond the arc.
In addition, the Warriors assisted on 50 percent of their field goals, their worst percentage in a game this season. In the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Warriors shot 5-of-17 off of passes. In the final four minutes, they were 4-of-5.
Although the Warriors' offense slowed in the second half, they made it difficult for the Thunder. The Thunder shot 7-of-19 in the fourth quarter. The Warriors contested 17 of the Thunder's 19 shots, forcing them to shoot 5-of-17 on such shots.
In the fourth quarter, Enes Kanter was the main offense for the Thunder, shooting 5-of-6. The rest of his teammates were 2-of-13.
3s were not falling for Steph. No problem
Curry shot a season-low 11.1 percent from 3-point range Saturday (1-of-9). Despite struggling from the outside, Curry adjusted his game to continue making an impact.
He tied his season-high with nine made 2-point field goals, including six in the restricted area. Curry drove to the basket eight times in the second half Saturday after having one in the first half.
Durant still got his
Even in a defeat, Durant scored 40 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a player went on the road against a defending champion and posted 40-10 was Ralph Sampson in the 1983-84 season.
Durant scored 10 of his 40 in the fourth quarter, joining Kanter as the only Thunder players to make a field goal in the final 12 minutes. He was also the fourth player this season to score 40 against the Warriors, joining John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Damian Lillard.
What does this mean for the rest of the season?
The Warriors are officially a game ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls, who were 45-5 through 50 games.
Golden State will face Houston next at home and then will commence a seven-game trip. Following the All-Star break, 17 of their final 24 games will be at home, where they have yet to lose.