Warriors fans work hard to find encouragement in the post-Don Nelson era, especially when this season's win total hasn't kept pace with Nelson's healthy teams.
But Sunday night, the Warriors did something they almost never did when Nelson was in charge. They totally dominated an opponent on the boards.
In the end, a critical three-pointer by a third guard on the court, Reggie Williams, allowed the Warriors to hold off the Thunder. Just like the Nelson days.
But no doubt, the Warriors wouldn't have been in a position to win had they not gobbled up seemingly every rebound in the tight game.
How dominant were the Warriors on the boards? Consider this:
--They outrebounded the Thunder 47-33, a plus-14 margin that was Golden State's biggest in a game in almost two years.
--They had 20 offensive rebounds and the Thunder just two, a couple of remarkable totals in and of themselves. The plus-18 differential matched the highest by any team in the NBA this season.
--Getting back to those two Thunder offensive rebounds, it marked just the second time in Warriors history they'd held an opponent to two or fewer in a game. The only other time it happened was nearly 31 years ago, when the Suns had two offensive rebounds against the Warriors on March 12, 1980.
In short, if it wasn't the most remarkable rebounding night in Warriors history -- Wilt Chamberlain or no Wilt Chamberlain -- it was very close.
And it sure beat -- by a mile -- pretty much anything they ever did under Nelson.
WARRIORS 100, THUNDER 94: Stephen Curry had one of his best ball-distributing games of the season and David Lee was a terror on the boards, but it might have been for naught if not for a Reggie Williams three-pointer in the final minute of Sunday's win. Curry helped it happen, driving toward the key on the right side of the court and then finding Williams open about 30 feet away on the left flank. The lefty buried a three-pointer late in the shot clock, turning a one-point Warriors lead into a 96-92 advantage they were able to milk to the finish at the free throw line. Oh, Lee did his part down the stretch as well, securing the rebound on a late Kevin Durant three-point attempt to seal the win.
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