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Warriors wake up late to thump Thunder

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nick Young capped a 14-point flurry with a pair of 3-pointers late in the third quarter Saturday night, helping the Golden State Warriors pull away from the Oklahoma City Thunder en route to a 112-80 romp in Oakland, California.

The win was the Warriors’ first in three tries against the Thunder this season. Oklahoma City was attempting to become the first team in the Steve Kerr coaching era to beat Golden State three straight times in the same season.

Kevin Durant had a game-high 28 points and Stephen Curry 21 for Golden State, which never led in a 125-105 home shellacking at the hands of the Thunder when the teams last met on February 6.

A three-pointer by Carmelo Anthony put the Thunder up by two early in the third quarter, and a Paul George three-pointer gave the visitors a 59-56 advantage with 7:52 remaining in the period before the game turned in Golden State’s favour. The Warriors led 70-66 before their decisive 14-0 burst, which began with three- and two-point hoops by Durant.

Andre Iguodala also buried a three-pointer in the run, before Young blew the game open to 84-66 with his consecutive three-pointers in the final 51.4 seconds of the quarter.

Draymond Green’s night featured his 2,000th career assist, making him the 11th Warrior ever to reach the milestone. He finished with a game-high eight assists.

Durant’s 28 points came on 10-for-20 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range.

Curry buried five three-pointers to account for a majority of his 21 points. Young and Klay Thompson also scored in double figures for the Warriors, who improved their record to just 7-6 against Northwest Division competition. They are 39-8 against the rest of the league.

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