SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 6: Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) takes a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Moses Brown (9) in the second quarter at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
With the regular season winding down and an advantageous spot in the play-in tournament at stake, the Warriors must take care of business against the sub-.500 teams left on their schedule.
On Thursday night, they did, defeating the rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder 118-97 at Chase Center in the first of a six-game homestand to close out the season.
Thursday’s win was a good way to get the final stretch started. Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Andrew Wiggins added 18 and Mychal Mulder’s 25 points (including seven made 3-pointers) off the bench helped keep Oklahoma City at a comfortable distance. As a team, Golden State moved the ball well (36 assists on 42 made baskets), rebounded (49 to 39) and kept turnovers low (13).
“A lot of guys played well and we just did what we had to do,” head coach Steve Kerr said.
No, now is not the time to dole out praise. The Warriors (34-33) should have beaten the Thunder (21-45) and should beat them again Saturday. But this is a team that has plenty of disappointing losses on the ledger: last week in Minnesota, a pair of losses to the Wizards and some…