NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 36 39 50 22 147
Oklahoma City 32 22 29 26 109
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0021:00 ET7:00 PM CT0:00 , April 14, 2021
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Stephen Curry aims to pace Warriors past sputtering Thunder

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According to STATS

Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Thunder were one of six NBA teams that swept the season series from the Warriors last year. Before that, the Warriors had not been swept in a season series of three or more games under Steve Kerr.
  2. The Warriors are 17-10 (.630) at home this season but only 9-18 (.333) on the road, and they have lost their last five road contests. The only NBA team with a larger home/road split in winning percentage this season is the Jazz (25-3, .893 at home; 16-11, .593 on road).
  3. The Thunder have lost seven straight games for the first time since a seven-game skid in February 2009. Oklahoma City has not had a longer losing streak since dropping eight straight games in December 2008. All seven of their losses during this streak have been by 10 or more points, and by an average of 25.9 points per game.
  4. Luguentz Dort scored 42 points last night, shattering his previous career high. Dort had scored 25+ points only twice previously: 30 in Game 7 of the Thunder's loss to the Rockets in last year's playoffs, and 26 on December 28, 2020 against Utah.
  5. Stephen Curry has scored 269 points over his last seven games (38.4 ppg), his highest total over any seven-game span in the regular season or playoffs.
  6. Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain for the Warriors' all-time lead in points scored on Monday (although Chamberlain averaged 41.5 points per game for the Warriors, compared to 23.9 for Curry). No other active player is the all-time leading scorer for his current team.

Stephen Curry doesn't wow Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr much anymore.

"I've been watching this stuff for a decade," Kerr said.

Entering Wednesday night's road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Curry is on one of the hottest streaks of his career as he propels Golden State in its playoff push.

The Warriors enter Wednesday's game in 10th place in the Western Conference, a game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the final spot in the play-in field.

Golden State has won three of its past four games, with victories over the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets during that stretch.

Conversely, Oklahoma City lost its seventh straight game in a 106-96 defeat to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

Curry has 30 or more points in seven consecutive games since he returned from a tailbone injury. During that span, he is averaging 38.4 points per game and is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor.

Curry is coming off a 53-point performance in Monday's win over the Nuggets. In the first quarter, he passed Wilt Chamberlain to become the Warriors' franchise scoring leader.

"To be anywhere near him in any record book or now be on top, it's surreal," Curry said. "And it's wild. Because if you grow up in the game of basketball and you hear his name, you know it's something extremely special, no matter what it is."

Wednesday's game is the first of a season-long five-game trip for Golden State. Eleven of Golden State's last 18 games come against teams on the outside looking in of the playoff race going into Wednesday's action.

While the Warriors have started to heat up lately, the Thunder have struggled.

During this losing streak, their longest since the franchise's first season in Oklahoma City in 2008-09, the Thunder have lost by an average of nearly 26 points per game.

After missing seven games in the league's concussion protocol, Luguentz Dort has been one of the bright spots over the past two games.

Dort scored a career-high 42 points on Tuesday, 16 better than his previous high in a regular-season game.

Dort scored 18 points in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City trimmed what once was a 25-point deficit in the fourth to seven in the final minutes.

He also helped slow Utah's Donovan Mitchell.

"There's guys that get 40 in the NBA on certain nights, but I'm not sure there's a guy that guards a guy like Mitchell as effectively as he did (too)," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said.

Dort has developed a reputation as a strong defender since joining the league as an undrafted free agent last season. He figures to need another big game -- especially on defense -- if Oklahoma City is to break its streak Wednesday.

The meeting is the first of three this season between the teams and the only one in Oklahoma City. The teams will meet again in back-to-back games in early May in San Francisco.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 14, 2021

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