Igoudala hits game-winner for Warriors as time expires 

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  • Andre Iguodala, left, and Klay Thompson celebrate after Iguodala’s shot at the buzzer gave the Warriors a thrilling victory against the Thunder on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

OAKLAND -- Andre Iguodala hit a 16-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer, lifting the Warriors to a 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

Iguodala's game-winning shot answered Russell Westbrook's 29-foot 3-pointer that gave the Thunder a 115-114 lead with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.

"This is a big win for my guys," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "I'll tell you what, that last timeout, it was dark in that huddle -- you could tell. But I'm proud of my guys because we fought and we found a way to come up with a victory even when things seemed to be pretty bad."

Westbrook's 3-point shot capped off a 23-8 run by the Thunder that erased a 14-point Warriors lead in less than seven minutes.

Iguodala said he nearly stole the pass from Kevin Durant that set up Westbrook's go-ahead shot.

"They called for a pick and roll and [Durant] jumps and throws it to [Westbrook] and I get a hand on it and almost steal it," Iguodala said. "It's kind of like you get the wind knocked out of you."

Jackson credited Westbrook and Durant for resurrecting the Thunder down the stretch.

"Two bad boys in blue," he said. "It's as simple as that; sometimes it's as simple as that."

Westbrook led the way for the Thunder, scoring 31 points on a 13-of-20 shooting night. Durant added 20 points in the losing effort.

Iguodala said the Thunder also played solid defense in the last seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

"They got stops," he said. "Then, they turned it into transition baskets, so they really didn't have to [use] a half-court set because they were getting stops and we tried to milk the clock a little bit. We weren't getting the best looks."

Jackson said his team was "down" after Westbrook gave the Thunder the lead in the game's dying seconds.

"They were upset," he said. "You look and you say, 'how did they climb all the way back and now we find ourselves with a little over two seconds to go down by one? How?' And you start beating yourself up."

Warriors guard Klay Thompson agreed, saying the team was "disappointed," but he praised his teammates for their resilience.

"That's the beauty of this team," he said. "Right when we stepped back between those lines, we didn't hang our heads."

In the huddle, Jackson drew up the final play for Iguodala, despite having two of the game's best shooters in Stephen Curry and Thompson.

"We have weapons all around the floor and that's the advantage," Jackson said. "There are a lot of teams in this league -- if the Thunder are in the same situation, you can bet your last dollar it's going to Durant or Westbrook."

But Iguodala improvised by taking the last shot on the baseline after he received the in-bounds feed from Thompson.

"They overplayed him and the guy has a big-time basketball IQ," Jackson said. "He read it, he reacted."

Five Warriors reached double digits on the score-sheet in the contest, including Thompson, who led the way with 27 points, hitting 10-of-15 shots from the field and 6-of-9 shots from beyond the arc.

Curry added 22 points, David Lee scored 20 points and Harrison Barnes dropped in 16 points coming off the bench.

Iguodala scored 14 points and dished out nine assists.

The Warriors overcame a 48-31 rebounding deficit by lighting up the Thunder from downtown throughout the contest, hitting 60.9 percent (14-of-23) from 3-point land.

After trailing for only 23 seconds in their first three home games, the Warriors swapped leads with the Thunder 13 times in the first half. The teams went into halftime tied 62-62.

The Warriors jumped ahead 65-64 with 11:12 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Thompson and they stretched the lead to 95-86 by the end of the frame.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 4-0 at home this season.

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