The Warriors climbed back over .500 Thursday night and, by all appearances, on Saturday they’ll have an excellent chance to go two games over for the first time since mid-March.
Despite enough sloppy moments to keep the game semi-competitive, they had more than enough for a 118-97 victory over the clearly rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder.
The victory moved Golden State (34-33) into eighth place in the Western Conference, one-half game ahead of the Grizzlies and two full games in front of the 10th place Spurs.
Stephen Curry scored a game-high 34 points, with Mychal Mulder coming off the bench to put in 25 and Andrew Wiggins adding 18.
Here are three observations from a game that most of the way, considering Oklahoma City (21-46) had lost 18 of its last 19 games, was closer than it should have been:
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OKC has identified Luguenz Dort as its primary wing defender of the present and future. He is quite good.
His assignment, however, was Curry, who used savvy and shooting to gain an immediate advantage. Dort picked up three fouls in nine first-quarter minutes and his fourth late in the second quarter, and was limited to 10 minutes in the first half.
Curry scored 17 in the half, but really got going in third quarter, scoring 17 points. His 34 points came on 11-of-21 shooting from the field and 6-of-13 from beyond the arc. He has scored at least…