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Carl Landry had 14 points and Jarrett Jack scored 12 for Golden State, which lost despite shooting 52 percent from the field. Warriors reserve Richard Jefferson pulled himself out of the game late in the first quarter after straining his right calf, and he did not return.
The Warriors wiped away an early seven-point deficit as Scott Brooks continued to fiddle with his rotation following the trade of James Harden and other bench players just before the season started. But just as soon as Andris Biedrins finished off a 7-0 run with a hook shot to put Golden State up 32-31, Eric Maynor answered with a 3-pointer to start a 19-6 response that put Oklahoma City ahead to stay.
The Thunder had a final flurry to finish the first half, with Durant hitting a 3-pointer before Westbrook's right-handed throw down on a fast break made it 59-46.
NOTES: Asked before the game how he would have defended Westbrook during his playing days, Warriors coach Mark Jackson responded: "Chapel first, and then stay late when all the guys leave to get some extra prayer in." ... Oklahoma City had held its opponents below 44 percent shooting in each of its first seven wins this season. ... Golden State had also held seven opponents below 44 percent this season, tying Chicago and Oklahoma City for the NBA lead.
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