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Friday, November 29th (All times Eastern)

Golden State Warriors (9-7) at Oklahoma City Thunder (10-3), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder have won five straight and will try to continue the momentum Friday night when they welcome the Golden State Warriors to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder are undefeated on a current homestand and haven't lost since back- to-back road defeats at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers and these same Warriors two weeks ago.

Oklahoma City picked up its best win of the season on Wednesday when it handled the reigning Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, 94-88.

The Thunder trailed by three at the half, but tightened things up and outscored the Spurs, 25-15 in the third quarter. The 88 points were the fewest for San Antonio in nine games and the Spurs shot less than 40 percent from the field.

"We wanted to come out at halftime and play a little better," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "We didn't shoot the ball well in the first half but I liked our defensive effort and that's something we can continue to build on because it's all about our effort on the defensive end to create opportunities for the offense. Then in the third quarter we were making shots."

Kevin Durant was spectacular against the Spurs with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Reggie Jackson notched 23 points off the bench, while Serge Ibaka registered a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards. Jeremy Lamb had 12 for the second unit.

It was an uncharacteristically bad night for Russell Westbrook on Wednesday. The All-Star guard had just six points on a dreadful 2-for-16 shooting.

The Warriors have struggled a bit of late. They've dropped four of their last five and are 1-1 on a current four-game road trip. Golden State started the sojourn with a one-point victory in New Orleans, but the Warriors fell, 103-99 to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Despite trailing most of the game, the Warriors closed the gap to four points in the final 30 seconds before eventually falling.

"You could tell in the fourth quarter that we picked it up tremendously," said guard Stephen Curry. "In a back-to-back for us to play that hard in the last quarter in a back-to-back it's frustrating. We need to figure out how to come out stronger, better, and more consistent in the first half."

Curry was one of three Warriors to score 20-plus points on Wednesday. He finished with 29, while David Lee and Klay Thompson both had double-doubles. For Thompson, it was his first and for Lee, it was his 92nd consecutive game with double-digit scoring numbers.

Andrew Bogut, who returned from a suspension, only had eight points, but pulled down 10 rebounds.

The Warriors will head to Sacramento to play the Kings on Sunday, then go home for one game before hitting the road for three straight.

The Warriors beat the Thunder by a point on Nov. 14, but the Thunder have taken 11 of the previous 15 meetings. Golden State has lost eight straight as the visitor in this series.

11/29 10:35:15 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 77
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
5th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 61
CHI 56
 
3rd
WAS 86
MIA 60
 
3rd
ORL 89
SAC 77
 
4th
CHA 77
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 52
UTA 55
 
2nd
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 29
BOS 38
 
2nd
HOU 29
DET 25
 
2nd
MEM 28
LAL 21
 
2nd
BRK 21
PHO 21
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DEN
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 57
AKR 59
 
2nd
BUF 51
BGU 52
 
2nd
DART 50
BRO 61
 
2nd
WMICH 53
CMICH 44
 
2nd
PENN 38
CLMB 30
 
2nd
PRIN 57
CORN 50
 
2nd
OU 56
ILLCH 55
 
2nd
OHIO 87
UMO 63
 
2nd
BST 38
NILL 38
 
2nd
EMICH 62
TOL 46
 
2nd
NIOWA 61
BRAD 39
 
Half
MURST 43
MORE 32
 
8:00pm Tonight
CCAR
UNCA
 
1st
HARV 15
YALE 17
 
8:30pm Tonight
DREX
COC
1st
CITA 2
FUR 6
 
9:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
9:00pm Tonight
BAY
TTU
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
9:30pm Tonight
CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
2nd
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 1
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT