OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of Golden State’s former MVPs was out, so the other stepped forward.
Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the injured Kevin Durant, scoring 33 points to help Golden State roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night and clinch a playoff spot.
Many Oklahoma City fans hoped for the chance to boo Durant, but the league’s No. 4 scorer sat out his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.
Golden State also made up for Durant’s absence with defense. Oklahoma City shot 32 percent from the field, its worst percentage of the season, and shot just 13-of-41 on 3-pointers.
“Our intensity and our focus for 48 minutes — we were trying to force them into tough shots,” Curry said. “Over the course of the game — especially early in the first quarter — we imposed our will. We did our best to take care of the basketball so they didn’t have easy transition opportunities. And we rebounded the ball well. So all things considered, really solid effort, knowing that if you give them momentum in this building, they are tough.”
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