Give them the compulsory eight-count – the champs are down!
The Golden State Warriors stand just one win away from elimination following another comprehensive display at home from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals with a 118-94 Game 4 win.
Russell Westbrook exploded for OKC, registering a triple-double from a game-high 36 points and 11 assists, along with 11 rebounds. Kevin Durant took a back-seat, but still contributed strongly with 26 points and 11 boards.
Again it was the second quarter that proved pivotal, the Thunder outscoring the Warriors 42-27 to go into the half 19 points up.
Golden State rallied in the third as Klay Thompson went on a 19-point surge in just six minutes, the Warriors pegging the deficit back to 12 heading into the final term. But an insipid 12-24 fourth-quarter display consigned the Warriors to a resounding defeat that leaves them on the brink of a shock exit.
Thompson top-scored for the beaten side with 26 points, while the mercurial Steph Curry finished with 19 points after shooting a dismal 6-for-20 field goals – including 2-for-10 from three.
Game 5 is set down for Friday morning (AEST) back at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.