Warriors head coach Mark Jackson says his team's past two games against the Western Conference leaders shouldn't be viewed as a measuring stick.
But fans have got to like where the outcomes of those games indicate that the Warriors might sit on the NBA ruler.
The Warriors followed Monday's victory over the Clippers by outlasting Oklahoma City 104-99 on Wednesday night in front an NBA TV audience and the 11th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
"Those are two very good basketball teams, but we've said all along that we're not going away," Jackson said. "We know exactly who we are, and we're not going to rest on this. ... This is no surprise."
The Warriors (26-15) have won three in a row after a season-worst, three-game losing skid. The Thunder (33-10) had won seven of their past eight games, but they played two overtime games and then flew into the Bay Area after a victory in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Oklahoma City, which led 79-76 heading into the fourth quarter, had been 29-0 when leading after three.
Kevin Durant had game highs with 33 points and nine assists, but he missed all four of his field-goal attempts and committed two turnovers in the final 4:04. He went 1-of-2 from the foul line with 37.3 seconds remaining, giving the Warriors the ball with a 101-99 lead.
Stephen Curry, who scored a team-high 31 points to go with seven assists, had a good look but missed a three-point try from the top of the arc with 17.5 seconds left.
The point guard then stole a Durant pass with 14.9 seconds remaining and made two free throws to put the Warriors ahead 103-99 with 12.4 on the clock.
"That ball that could have been the dagger from the top of the key looked perfect when leaving (Curry's) hand," power forward David Lee said. "When it didn't go in, I know he was disappointed. He came back and made up for it right away.
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Warriors get past Oklahoma City
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 24