The record-breaking Golden State Warriors suffered a game one defeat at the hands of the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday as their best-of-seven Western conference final got under way.
The defending NBA champions took control of the encounter at their home Oracle Arena early on with MVP Steph Curry and Klay Thompson doing most of the damage.
Curry’s 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer gave Golden State a 60-47 lead at the break.
Oklahoma steadied the ship in the second half with some tight defence and some inspired offence, notably from Russel Westbrook who started to fire on all cylinders and kick started a stirring comeback from the visitors.
Westbrook finished with 27 points, 24 of them coming in the second half.
Kevin Durant chipped in with 26 for Oklahoma who rallied back to take a 108-102 Game one victory.
Billy Donovan’s men will now look to double their series lead on Wednesday night as Game two stays in Oakland.