Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/8

Game 1: Monday, December 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 3: Wednesday, January 21st
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st

Warriors 112

(6-15, 3-10 away)

Thunder 102

(2-20, 1-10 home)

    Coverage: FSOK

    8:00 PM ET, December 8, 2008

    Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 29 32 25 26112
    OKC 23 19 26 34102

    Top Performers

    GS: A. Biedrins 17 Pts, 21 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Okc: K. Durant 41 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Biedrins paces Warriors win despite Durant's 41

    Associated Press

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Andris Biedrins helped the Golden State Warriors forget they were a struggling, short-handed squad.

    Playing without two of their top scorers, Biedrins had 17 points and 21 rebounds as the Warriors ended a nine-game skid with a 112-102 victory over the lowly Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Kevin Durant had 41 points and 10 rebounds, his second career 40-10 game. He's the third player in league history to have at least two 40-10 games before his 21st birthday. John Drew had three, LeBron James had two.

    • Seven of eight Warriors who played scored in double figures. The exception was Ronny Turiaf, who scored nine.

    • Andris Biedrins had 17 points and 21 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.

    -- ESPN research

    "We didn't win the world championship but it sure felt like it," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We just found a way. We just needed something to break this spell."

    Kevin Durant scored a season-high 41 and almost brought the Thunder all the way back from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Oklahoma City ended up losing its fourth straight and dropping to 2-20.

    Stephen Jackson (20.1 points per game) and Corey Maggette (19.1) sat out with injuries but it didn't slow the Warriors. Jamal Crawford scored 19 points, and Brandan Wright and Anthony Morrow each had 15 as Golden State (6-15) shot 50.6 percent from the field.

    "This was a really important game," Biedrins said. "Everybody had fun, everybody was sharing the ball like we're supposed to."

    The Warriors, coming off a 35-point loss to San Antonio on Saturday, started quickly against the Thunder. They had an eight-point lead after four minutes and built the lead to 27-17 behind five straight points from Wright. Golden State shot 72 percent in the quarter (13-of-18).

    Oklahoma City's struggles at both ends of the floor continued in the second quarter when Golden State outscored the Thunder 18-5 in the first 6½ minutes to go ahead 47-28. Biedrins' work on the boards helped limit the Thunder to one shot on most possessions and the Warriors consistently got the ball in close for easy baskets.

    Coach Scott Brooks burned two timeouts three minutes apart to try to slow the Warriors but it didn't work. A tip-in and a drive by Biedrins later in the quarter pushed the lead to 21, the team's biggest of the season, and the margin was 19 at halftime.

    Golden State led by 18 after three and by 21 early in the fourth period before Durant led them back. He scored 19 in the quarter, including a 3-pointer that made it 104-99 with 39 seconds left. Another 3 six seconds later got the Thunder to 105-102, but free throws by Morrow sealed it for Golden State.

    "In this league, when you get down by 20 it's hard to come back," Durant said. "We made a run at them late but we fell just a little bit short."

    Desmond Mason had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

    Game notes

    Jackson missed the game because of a sprained left hand. Maggette had a strained right hamstring. ... The victory bumped Golden State to 3-10 on the road. ... The Warriors had their third-best shooting percentage of the season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 102
    FGM-FGA 41-81 (.506) 41-96 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 4-13 (.308) 8-23 (.348)
    FTM-FTA 26-33 (.788) 12-20 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-47 17-48
    Assists 17 26
    Turnovers 23 22
    Steals 13 7
    Blocks 7 8
    Fast Break Points 17 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (3/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 21 0

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Oklahoma City
    Andris Biedrins Biedrins
    Points: 17
    Reb: 21
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 41
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3