OAKLAND – The Warriors’ home superiority took a hit Monday night, as they blew a 14-point second-half lead in a 108-102 loss to Oklahoma City Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Warriors controlled the first half, but turned sloppy in the second, committing numerous atrocious turnovers that helped the Thunder climb back into the game.
The loss was the first in seven Game 1s under coach Steve Kerr. It was the first Game 1 loss at home for the franchise since a 117-109 loss to Seattle on April 23, 1992.
Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Klay Thompson 25 to lead the Warriors’ offense. Draymond Green finished with 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 12.
The Warriors committed one turnover in the first quarter, but had 11 giveaways in the second and third quarters, as the Thunder stormed back.
Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant 26 to lead Oklahoma City.
No Warrior was better than Thompson, who scored 19 points while containing Westbrook in the first half.
Thompson’s line: 25 points (11-of-25 from the field, including 3-of-5 beyond the arc), nine rebounds and four assists.
Curry’s playoff-career high 10 rebounds were more than offset by seven turnovers.
When the Warriors took an 81-69 lead with 3:32 left in the third quarter, the Thunder responded with 21-7 run to take a 90-88 lead with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Though the Warriors got as close as one, they never took another lead.
The Warriors had a 13-point lead at the half and led by as much as 14 before the Thunder rallied in the third quarter to tighten things the rest of the way before pulling out the victory.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (R adductor strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available one hour before tipoff. F Kevon Looney (L hip surgery) was listed as out and placed on the inactive list with F James Michael McAdoo (healthy).
Thunder: No injuries listed. F Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary were placed on the inactive list.
The teams meet Wednesday night at Oracle Arena for Game 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:03 p.m.