The Warriors lacked their usual depth but had plenty of energy. And even more determination.
It was not enough Friday night, not against the inspired Thunder.
Despite their best efforts, the Warriors saw their win streak end at eight in a 127-115 loss at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Klay Thompson led all Warriors scorers with 32 points. Marreese Speights totaled 20 points, Stephen Curry finished with 19 and Harrison Barnes added 18.
After losing the lead in the second quarter, the Warriors (31-6) found ways to stay close, but never again tied or took the lead. They were beaten in every significant phase: rebounding (54-43), shooting (52.6 percent to 45.7), bench points (42-21) and points in the paint (58-48).
With the Warriors playing their third game in four nights – and another on the schedule for Saturday night in Houston – coach Steve Kerr opted to rest two of his veterans, center Andrew Bogut and forward Andre Iguodala.
The Thunder (19-20) exploited their advantage by repeatedly blasting their way toward the basket. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting.
Point guard Russell Westbrook submitted a triple-double, with 17 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds. Serge Ibaka finished with 27 points and newly acquired Dion Waiters added 21 points.
Thompson gets the honor for being huge in defeat.
He scored a team-high 32 points, on 12-of-22 shooting, and added four rebounds and four assists.
After the Warriors pulled to within four (101-97) on a Shaun Livingston jumper with 9:12 to play, the Thunder reeled off an 18-9 run, pushing the score to 119-106 with 3:15 left.
The Warriors got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Oklahoma City's point total was the highest scored against the Warriors this season, as the Thunder became on the second opponent to shoot better than 50 percent against the Warriors this season. The Lakers shot 51.7 percent on Dec. 23 in Los Angeles.
C Andrew Bogut and F Andre Iguodala are healthy but were held out of the game for rest. C Festus Ezeli (sprained left ankle) remains out indefinitely.
The Warriors left immediately after the game for Houston, where on Saturday night they will play the Rockets at Toyota Center.
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