Monta erupts for 48, Thunder win 119-116

Monta erupts for 48, Thunder win 119-116
February 8, 2012, 6:09 am
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OAKLAND Monta Ellis scored a career-high 48 points, but it wasnt enough to lift the Warriors to a victory. The Thunder, behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, defeated the Warriors for the second time at Oracle Arena in 11 days.Thunder 119, Warriors 116Player of the game: Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis had a career-high 48 points, going 18-for-29 from the field and 9-for-10 from the foul line.

Key stretch: With under 20 seconds remaining, Kevin Durant missed a finger roll in the lane, but the Warriors couldnt secure the rebound. Given another opportunity, Durant banked in an 18-footer with 14.2 seconds remaining, which proved to be the game-winner.The Warriors still had plenty of time and were only down one, but they couldnt come through on their last possession. Despite being down just one, Monta Ellis shot a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining.The shot bounced off and the Thunder rebounded.You can nit-pick all you want, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Thats a guy with 48 points, with a wide-open shot, all by himself, on fire all night long. We executed. David had an option, turned down the drive, kicked it to Monta. Ill take it all day long. He makes it and you say: What a great play. Guy was on fire and he got a wide-open look.A wide-open look might have been a little bit of a stretch considering that Westbrook got a hand up and was close enough to Ellis that there was contact afterward and Ellis ended up on the ground.Still, Ellis, like his coach, had no issue with the shot.I was trying to get a quick shot and try to get somebody to tip it in, Ellis said. Like I said, it was a great shot. Nothing you can do about it. It didnt go down. It is what it is.Jackson questions officiating: One sentence after saying the Warriors were a no-excuse basketball team in his postgame press conference, Jackson then went ahead and criticized the officiating.That play at the end, David Lee gets hammered by James Harden, clearly, and we dont get that call, Jackson said. David Lee now picks up his fifth foul when he doesnt even put contact on Russell Westbrook, who blatantly fouls Monta Ellis. These are calls that you cannot get back but they hurt us. I dont accept My bad from my players all night long and its getting old accepting My bad for missed calls.Lee picked up his fifth foul with 6:28 remaining in the fourth quarter.Tough twosome: Ellis had a monster game for the Warriors, but so did Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunders two stars. Durant finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Westbrook had 31 points and seven assists.Lees triple-double: David Lee had a triple-double -- -- the second of his career. It was also the first triple-double by a Warriors power forward since Chris Webber had one on Dec. 23, 1993, vs. the L.A. Clippers.It was the second triple-double of Lees career. His other one came when he was with the Knicks and playing against the Warriors on April 2, 2010. That night, Lee finished with 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.Defense rests: As good as the Warriors were at the offensive end of the floor through three quarter, defensively, they struggled. Want proof? Well after three periods the Warriors were shooting 59.7 percent from the floor and yet only led 93-92.The Thunder were scoring pretty well themselves and shooting well, too. Through three quarters Oklahoma City was shooting 54 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from 3-point range.Montas big half: Ellis had a monster first half, scoring 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field. It was obvious from the start that Ellis was going to be aggressive as he came out and took six shots in the first six minutes.Ellis had 18 points in the first quarter, marking a season-high for points in a quarter by any Warriors player this season.Nice start: The Warriors scored 35 points in the first quarter, the most points theyve scored in the first quarter of a game this year.No Nate: The Warriors played without backup point guard Nate Robinson, who had a strained left groin. Robinson sustained the injury early in the fourth quarter of Saturdays loss at Sacramento.Robinson continued to play the rest of the fourth quarter that night, then also returned for a portion of overtime.Warriors coach Mark Jackson seemed to think Robinson would play earlier in the day at shootaround, saying: He looks fine so we expect him to be ready.