Instant Replay: Warriors down Thunder on buzzer beater

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Instant Replay: Warriors down Thunder on buzzer beater
November 14, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Andre Iguodala's 17-foot fadeaway jumper beat the clock by tenths of a second and gave the Warriors a one-point win.

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OAKLAND -- Welcome to the Bay Area, and to the Warriors, Andre Iguodala.

And what an introduction it was, as Iguodala drilled a 17-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer Thursday night to give the Warriors a 116-115 win over Oklahoma City, finishing off a relentless charge by the Thunder.

Iguodala's shot was a potent response to Thunder guard Russell Westbrook hitting a 29-foot jumper that put the Warriors down by one, 115-114, with 2.3 seconds left.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson (27), followed by Stephen Curry (22), David Lee (20), Harrison Barnes (16) and Iguodala, who finished with 14.

The Warriors controlled play for most of the second half, often holding double-digit leads, before fading under the onslaught of Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson and Westbrook

This victory not only extended to four the Warriors' season-opening win streak at Oracle but also signified the passing a fairly significant test. This was the imposing Thunder, easily the strongest opponent the Warriors have faced at home so far.

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Curry and Thompson, drilling the Thunder from long distance. Barnes, off the bench, heating up in the second half as the Warriors began pulling away. Iguodal, submitted his typically efficient offense while turning on the defense to harass Durant for much of the night -- and punctuating his night.

TURNING POINT: Iguodala's buzzer-beater. The Thunder figured to have the game won.

INJURY UPDATE: Backup point guard Toney Douglas is out with stress reaction in his left tibia. The diagnosis was announced Nov. 12 and he not likely to return before December. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins did not play, away from the team due to a death in his family.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors play host to struggling Utah on Saturday. The Jazz, rebuilding behind power forward Derrick Favors, won their first game on Wednesday, beating New Orleans. They feature ex-Warriors Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush. Jefferson has been in the starting lineup. Biedrins has missed the first nine games with an ankle sprain. Rush, still rounding into shape after knee surgery, returned last week.

 

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