Oklahoma City Thunder (38-13) @ Golden State Warriors (45-4)
9:00 p.m. ET Saturday, February 6, 2016 – Oracle Arena
|STARTING LINEUP: OKC||STARTING LINEUP: GSW|
|Russell Westbrook||G||Stephen Curry||G|
|Dion Waiters||G||Klay Thompson||G|
|Kevin Durant||F||Harrison Barnes||F|
|Serge Ibaka||F||Draymond Green||F|
|Steven Adams||C||Andrew Bogut||C|
OKC Thunder: Enes Kanter, Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow, Nick Collison, Kyle Singler
Golden State Warriors: Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Brandon Rush
OKC Stats Leaders: Golden State Stats Leaders:
Points Per Game: Points Per Game:
Kevin Durant (27.4) Stephen Curry (29.8)
Rebounds Per Game: Rebounds Per Game
Kevin Durant (8.0) Draymond Green (9.5)
Assists Per Game: Assists Per Game:
Russell Westbrook (10.0) Draymond Green (7.4)
Steals Per Game: Steals Per Game:
Russell Westbrook (2.4) Stephen Curry (2.2)
Blocks Per Game: Blocks Per Game:
Serge Ibaka (2.2) Andrew Bogut (1.6)
The Super Bowl may be tomorrow, but there is another game in the Bay Area this weekend that’s caught the nation’s eye.
The Golden State Warriors look to continue their pace for the best record ever, currently owned by the ’95-’96 Bulls (72-10), against the Oklahoma City Thunder who are on a roll of their own, winning five straight (averaging 120.2 points) and 12 of their last 13.
The Warriors have yet to play the team with the third-best record in the Western Conference, the Thunder. But that changes tonight in Oracle Arena where the Warriors have been unstoppable.
At 22-0, the Warriors are one of two teams in the NBA (San Antonio) which is unbeaten at home this season. Golden State has won 40 consecutive regular season home games at Oracle Arena, matching the 40-game home streak in the regular season by the 1995-96 Orlando Magic. The only longer such streak was 44 by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
Reining MVP Stephen Curry has added some spice to the Warriors’ first matchup of the season against the Thunder.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte, was asked about the Super Bowl being in the Bay Area and if the huge Carolina Panthers fan planned to attend the game against the Denver Broncos one day after this contest. He said he would.
“It’ll be a good 48 hours, a win and a win,” Curry said.
The next day, reporters at Oklahoma City’s practice facility asked the Thunder (38-13) for their reaction on Curry’s comment.
Russell Westbrook rolled his eyes and said, “Anybody else got any other questions?”
Kevin Durant responded, “I don’t pay attention to (stuff) like that.”
These teams are well rested not having played since Wednesday, when Curry, Westbrook and Durant showcased their all-star power.
Curry matched his career high with 11 3-pointers and scored 51 points in Wednesday’s 134-121 win at Washington. Durant’s 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left sealed the win in a 117-114 home victory against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. He finished with 37 points but it was Westbrook who had more dominant stat line. Westbrook had his third straight triple-double and 27th of his career with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists.
More Things to Know:
- The Warriors (114.9) and Thunder (112.8) rank No. 1 and 2 in the NBA in offensive rating and points per 100 possessions, per basketballreference.com
- In 27 career games against the Warriors, Kevin Durant is shooting 47 percent (55-of-117) from 3-point range, which is his highest 3-point percentage against any team.
- Curry is leading the NBA in scoring at 29.8 while Durant is third on the list at 27.4.
- These two teams also have the leagues most dynamic-duos.