NBA: Isaiah Joe, Thunder Torch Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Isaiah Joe (11) shoots at Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) save during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Loren Elliott)

SAN FRANCISCO — Isaiah Joe made 7 of 7 3-pointers for a season-high 23 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 points and seven assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the Golden State Warriors to their fifth straight loss in NBA action on Thursday night won 128-109.

Josh Giddey added 19 points and rookie Chet Holmgren had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double to help Oklahoma City earn its fifth win in six games.

The Thunder have won just one of their last 11 matchups against the Warriors dating back to the 2020-2021 season. However, Oklahoma City had complete control over Golden State’s defensive lineup, which became increasingly weaker as the night went on.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry (right knee soreness) and forward Draymond Green (five-game suspension) were unavailable, and guard Gary Payton II left the game with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter. The team announced that an X-ray on Payton’s ankle came back negative.

They were missing their leading scorer for the second straight game, and the Warriors fell to 1-5 at Chase Center this season.

Green’s absence may have been felt most on defense as Oklahoma City jumped out to a 39-24 lead after the first quarter. However, Golden State cut the deficit to 67-60 at halftime and stayed strong throughout the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Thunder outscored the Warriors 34-24 to close out the game.

Jonathan Kuminga led Golden State with 21 points, taking Green’s place. He was one of seven Warriors to score in double figures, but Klay Thompson had five points and was just 1 of 10 from the field.

Forward Gui Santos, Golden State’s second-round draft pick in 2022, made his NBA debut in the fourth quarter, playing four minutes and recording three boards. Santos is the third Brazilian-born player to appear in a Warriors match.


The Thunder and Warriors will meet again on Saturday night at the Chase Center.

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