SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry was blanked in the fourth quarter for the fourth straight game.
Credit Curry and his teammates for making it happen, as the Warriors built such a big lead in a 103-82 win over Oklahoma City Saturday night his services weren’t required.
Not that Curry didn’t contribute, coming alive in the third quarter for 15 of his 20 points as the Warriors rebounded from their first loss of the season with a resounding win over an overmatched opponent at Chase Center before an announced crowd of 18,064. If this is how the Warriors are going to respond to defeat, it’s a good sign.
“After the last game with all the turnovers and all the mistakes, we needed to have a solid outing and we did,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Our spacing was much better. We didn’t crowd the paint on our drives, made a lot of threes. The offense clicked, the defense was really rock-solid. It was a really good win.”
The Warriors were never challenged in the second half in improving their record to 4-1, with the Thunder, coming off their first win Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, falling to 1-5.
Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole had 14 points each for the Warriors, with Otto Porter Jr. adding 10. Green also had 11 rebounds and eight assists.
The Warriors shot 42.4 percent from the floor (39-for-92) and were 40.4 from three-point land (21 of 52). They had 30 assisted baskets and 16 turnovers, and some of those came late.
Green attacked the basket early, helping open up the offense, and drew inspiration from watching his alma mater Michigan State beat Michigan 37-33.
“You just feel good coming in,” Green said. “It was a 9 a.m. game our time, you start the day like that, you just feel good the rest of the day. You feed off some of that energy.”
Kerr noticed Green’s intensity upon arrival at the arena.
“Draymond was so happy that Michigan State beat Michigan that he came out firing,” Kerr said. “He was in full green and white in our walk-through, sox, shoes, sweatshirt. He was gloating and in a great mood coming into the game. I was pulling hard for Michigan State for that very reason.”
Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 7 pick in the draft, played the final 6:04 of the game and scored his first NBA points with a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play for a 102-71 lead.
“I don’t really get nervous playing the game anymore, I was just happy to be out there,” Kuminga said.
The next step for Kuminga will be integrating him with his teammates, having lost three weeks to a patella tendon strain.
The Warriors ended up holding Oklahoma City to 35.8 percent shooting (29-for-81) and the Thunder were 8-for-39 (20.5 percent) from the three-point line.
“I thought our team defense was great,” Green said. “We were very disciplined, didn’t give up a lot of back cuts. The first game against Oklahoma City we probably gave up seven or eight back cuts. It was something we wanted to take away and I think we did a good job of that.”
Curry got loose in the third quarter for 15 points as the Warriors built on an 11-point halftime lead and had an 82-58 margin going into the fourth quarter. He took the rest of the night off.
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The quarter included a 16-2 run and stifling defense as Oklahoma City managed only 14 points in the quarter and were 5-for-29 from the three-point stripe heading into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors led by as many as 18 points in the first half and went into intermission with a 55-44 lead.
Green led the Warriors with 14 points and six rebounds, with Wiggins adding 11 points including 3-for-3 from the three-point line. Curry had just five first-half points on 2-for-6 shooting and 1-for-5 on three-pointers. Green had 14 points in an entire game just five times last season.
Wiggins was about the only Warriors player who was hot from long distance, as they finished 8 of 23 in the half. The good news is the Warriors defended on the perimeter well enough that Oklahoma City was just 4 of 18 and were 2 of their first 16.
Moses Moody, the Warriors first-round draft pick who was activated from the G League, played 8:46 of the first half and scored five points on 2-for-3 shooting, including one three-pointer. Moody ended up playing 20:46 and scored seven points.
The Warriors moved the ball much better than the Thunder, with 16 assisted baskets in the first half to five for Oklahoma City, and turned the ball over just six times.
Point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 13 points in the half and he finished with a team-high 15. Forward Luguentz Dort added 14.
Green, as a defensive standout, is thrilled with the officiating through six games with the NBA letting defenders have more latitude than in recent years.
“I can’t tell you how satisfying it’s been to watch the game of basketball without all those terrible calls, guys cheating the game, grabbing guys and getting the foul,” Green said. “I’ve been enjoying watching the NBA. Before there was too much flailing and flopping going on and all that. The refs are adjusting to not making those calls. The game is flowing better and you’re seeing much better basketball.”