Jackson: 'It's a big win for my guys'
OAKLAND -- Their hearts were broken, the voices were mute, their spirit apparently sapped.
And with the grabbing of a pass and a twisting, turnaround jump shot by Andre Iguodala, their hearts soared and their throats roared and life again was good for the Warriors.
There was joy throughout Oracle Arena Thursday after this 116-115 win over Oklahoma City that came as a direct result of Iguodala's 16-foot jumper at the buzzer.
[RECAP: Warriors 116, Thunder 115]
Iguodala's biggest shot is the biggest of this young Warriors season because it vanquished an Oklahoma City team that, quite honestly, thought would walk off the court with a victory after guard Russell Westbrook nailed a 29-footer with 2.3 seconds to play.
"They were down, upset," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of his troops as they huddled to plan the final play. "You look up and say, 'How did they climb all the way back? How?' You start beating yourself up.
"That's when you have a moment. They looked at each other and realized there is still time left and we can execute because we work on it every day. I think it's a great lesson for us, because you can tell yourself that but it's another thing to experience it."
Westbrook indeed left too much time on the clock. Iguodala took advantage.
"As soon as the ball hit my hands, my feet were set," said Iguodala. "Just turn and shoot."
Said Jackson: "The play was actually for Andre. They overplayed him. He has a high basketball IQ. He read it, reacted, stayed patient, got the catch and made an incredible shot."
Iguodala, who finished with 14 points and nine assists while nudging Thunder star Kevin Durant off his game, was the clear hero for the Warriors. But he had plenty of support.
Four other Warriors scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson's 27 points. Stephen Curry had 22, David Lee 20 and Harrison Barnes 17.
Though the Warriors were clobbered on the glass, outrebounded 48-31, they took advantage of 19 Oklahoma City turnovers, scoring 29 points off those gifts.
The win extended to four the Warriors' home win streak this season, but this was particularly significant inasmuch as it was the first to come against a legitimate contender.
"We had not gotten a marquee win yet," Thompson said, "and this was it."
They got it the hard way, relinquishing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead (with 8:10 to play) before being rescued by Iguodala's buzzer-beater.
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.