OAKLAND — The Warriors got a career-high 48 points from Monta Ellis, a triple-double from David Lee, a double-double from Stephen Curry, and it still wasn’t enough in a 119-116 defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.
Ellis had a chance to give Golden State a lead with an open look at a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the game, but wasn’t able to convert. After the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook hit two free throws, Brandon Rush had a corner 3-pointer blocked by Kevin Durant as time expired, ending the Warriors’ hopes of knocking off the best team in the NBA.
Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Thunder. Westbrook had 31 points and seven assists for Oklahoma City, but also turned it over nine times.
Ellis scored 30 points in the first half, making his first three shots and seven of nine in the first quarter.
It was enough to give the Warriors a 35-29 lead after the first quarter, but the Warriors bench, which coach Mark Jackson has relied on heavily in recent weeks, couldn’t hold the lead as the Thunder rallied to lead by as many as 10 while forcing six turnovers in the second.
Golden State’s bench scored just 18 points, with only Rush playing more than 15 minutes.
With Andris Biedrins saddled with foul trouble from the start, Lee had a career night, notching his second triple-double and the first by a Warriors forward since Chris Webber did it in 1993.
Lee’s other big night came against the Warriors while he was with the New York Knicks on April 2, 2010.