I recently posted a blog on memorable NBA games in December. Had I chosen to expand and focus on games thus far into the season both Golden State Warriors vs. OKC Thunder matchups would, no question, have made the list. Two of the league’s most explosive teams with two of the NBA’s best fanbases, took the floor twice in November, delivering plenty of points, excitement, lead changes, and last-second wins. When people ask me, “Why should I go to a game instead of watching it on TV?” I play these two game winners for them and say, “Because you wouldn’t want to miss the feeling you get when you are sitting among thousands of your team’s fans and THIS happens against a quality conference foe.” These are the moments, the heart-stopping thrills that every sports fan wants to experience when they attend a game.
November 14: Thunder (115) at Warriors (116)
Avg. Price: $89
On November 14th the Thunder and Warriors started off their season series with a classic. The Warriors led for most of the night, riding Klay Thompsons six three pointers. Early in the fourth quarter, they led by 14, but the Thunder chipped away at the lead until Russell Westbrook hit a clutch three with 2.3 seconds to give OKC a one-point lead. The “Roaracle” crowd was stunned as the Thunder celebrated what looked to be the game winner. But The Warriors had one more chance, and as the buzzer sounded Andre Iguodala hit a tough fading jumper to give the home team (and fans) the victory.
November 29: Warriors (112) at Thunder (113)
Avg. Price: $176
Just over two weeks later, Westbrook got a chance for revenge in Oklahoma City, and he took advantage. In overtime, Westbrook hustled for an offensive rebound in the final seconds, tipping it to Thabo Sefolosha who then saved it from going out-of-bounds by tossing it back to Westbrook. Russell nailed a three from that spot, leaving only 0.1 second left on the clock. The shot gave Westbrook 34 points on the night and gave the Thunder a one-point victory to share with their home fans.
Fast forward six weeks, and the Western Conference division leaders will meet again for the final time this regular season. Unfortunately for the Thunder they will be without their star point guard who sank the game-winning 3 in late November at home against the Warriors. Will Durant, behind “Loud City”, be able to handle the “Road Warriors” who have a chance to break the NBA record for consecutive road wins tonight against the Nets?
Oklahoma City Thunder tickets against the Golden State Warriors are averaging $143, $33 less than the unforgettable November 29 meeting at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
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