Thunder draw first blood in Western finals
OAKLAND, UNITED STATES
RUSSELL Westbrook inspired a second-half fightback as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-102 in the opening game of the Western Conference finals on Monday.
He came up with 27 points as the Thunder overturned a 60-47 half-time deficit to snatch victory in a pulsating clash between two of the most potent attacking units in the NBA.
Golden State looked to be sprinting away to a one-sided victory but the Thunder re-emerged after the half-time interval a different side.
Oklahoma City opened up a 101-93 lead in the final few minutes but the reigning NBA champions clawed their way back to within one point at 101-100.
Just when it looked as if Golden State were poised to pull off another Houdini act, the Thunder regrouped and edged clear once more.
Game Two in the best of seven series takes place in Oakland today.