OAKLAND — Andre Iguodala made a baseline fadeaway as time expired to lift the Warriors to a thrilling 116-115 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Russell Westbrook's 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining put the Thunder ahead after they trailed by 14 points early in the fourth quarter. Warriors coach Mark Jackson called a timeout to regroup, and David Lee inbounded the ball from near half court.
Iguodala caught the ball and extended over Thabo Sefolosha for the winning shot, sending the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 into a frenzy. He sprinted toward half court and was mobbed by teammates.
Iguodala finished with 14 points and nine assists.
Golden State trailed for just 23 seconds combined in its first three home games. The Warriors held a lead in each game — against the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons — of at least 27 points and won by double digits.
Not on this night.
The game started with an outpouring of offense and energy and never relented over 48 minutes.
There were 16 lead changes, nine ties and countless can't-believe-he-just-made-that shots. Neither team led by more than seven until the Warriors began to pull away late in the third quarter.
Westbrook's 3 set off a Thunder celebration just seconds before Iguodala's shot. Westbrook kissed his hand and was bumped by teammate Kevin Durant as both flashed grins near the scorer's table.
All that turned out to be premature.