On Monday night, the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder went into Oracle Arena and knocked off the Golden State Warriors 108-102 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Thunder were able to win on Monday night, thanks to a 19-point third quarter performance from point guard Russell Westbrook. Westbrook 's play in the third quarter was the key to Oklahoma City 's comeback as they were down 13 points at the half.
The first half was not good for the Thunder or Westbrook as he struggled with his jump shot. As a team, the Thunder shot 45.5 percent from the field but shot 50.0 percent from three-point range, which kept them in striking distance. But what killed Oklahoma City in the first two quarters was turnovers as they had 10. Those 1o turnovers, lead to 15 points for the Warriors.
As I mentioned earlier, Westbrook struggled on offense as he was getting outplayed by his counterpart, two-time MVP Stephen Curry. In the first half, Curry had 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field, to go along with six rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Westbrook was getting beat at his own game, which is stuffing the stat sheet and making an impact in every facet of the game. In the first half, Westbrook only scored three points, as he shot a horrendous 1-of-8 from the field.
With Westbrook not making an impact in the scoring department, he made sure to get his teammates involved early and often as he dished out eight assists in the first half. Thankfully, on the other end of his