OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had an ugly-looking knot form on his right elbow after a fall into the stands. He already wasn’t 100 percent healthy after having suffered recent injuries.
But the MVP shook off bumps and bruises to lead the Warriors’ 118-91 shellacking of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday and even the series at 1-1.
Curry scored 28 points in a game in which he flew into the first row chasing a loose ball, expressed his displeasure with officials and took a little swipe at Kevin Durant, who pushed his leg while he was on the floor.
Durant might have scored 29 points, but he also committed eight turnovers. Curry got more help from his teammates.
Klay Thompson scored 15 points, and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to settle things down with 14 points.
Draymond Green had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He had help controlling the paint as Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights came off the bench to score 12 points apiece, with each player making all five field-goal attempts.
The Warriors had their bench players jump-start their offense late in the first half as the Thunder had threatened to make it a close game.
Curry dominated the third quarter, scoring in 15 consecutive Warriors points over a span of 1:58. The one-man 15-2 run was the knockout blow, Curry in a hurry pushed the Warriors’ lead to 79-59.
He hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 10-point lead, and then things fell apart quickly for the Thunder. Durant was whistled for fouling Curry beyond the 3-point line and picked up a technical foul for arguing the ball. That led to four straight free throws from Curry.
Curry hit another 3-pointer after shot-faking Serge Ibaka to get the open look. As the shot was on its way in, Curry gave Ibaka a brief look.
Curry stopped on a dime in transition and with his foot on the 3-point line hit a jump shot. The flurry ended with Curry hitting his fifth 3-pointer of the game to give the Warriors a 20-point lead.
Curry finished with 17 points in the quarter, as the performance trumped what Durant had done earlier.
The Warriors had led 57-49 at halftime, weathering the storm of Durant’s 23 points by breaking a tie with eight straight points in the final minute of the first half.
Ezeli scored on a layup to kick off the run that was fueled by the bench. Iguodala scored on a no-look layup, spinning the ball off the glass while being fouled. He followed that up with a dunk to cap the run.
The Warriors’ spurt was needed after Durant led the charge to erase what had been deficit of as many as nine points in the second quarter.
The Warriors took a 35-26 lead before Durant responded with back-to-back 3-pointers. He also dunked on an alley-oop, scoring eight of the Thunder’s 10 points in that stretch.
Dion Waiters hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder their first lead of the game, a 47-46 advantage with 1:59 left before halftime.
The Warriors had come out of the gates firing, with Klay Thompson and Green hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.
Curry scored 11 first-half points and also leaped into the row of courtside seats going after a loose ball, tumbling over it. He got up on his own power, was briefly examined by trainer Drew Yoder, and remained in the game.
Thunder big man Steven Adams got banged up as well, returning to the locker room at early on after being fouled by Ezeli. He also was bent over at the waist after appearing to be kneed in the groin area by Green.