Schroder leads Thunder past Warriors, 120-92

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Finally, Thunder fans have something to cheer about.

Dennis Schroder scored 22 points to help Oklahoma City rout the Golden State Warriors 120-92 yesterday for their first victory of the season.

It was a long-awaited ray of hope for fans who have been looking for something to cling to after the Thunder traded away longtime star Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul in the offseason. The blowout matched Oklahoma City’s largest margin of victory over the Warriors since the franchise moved from Seattle before the 2008-09 season.

The fact that the breakthrough came against the Warriors didn’t mean much to Paul.

“I think it was more about us, not about them,” he said.

“We’ve got to have an identity. How we are going to play defensively and offensively? Pushing the pace, moving the ball and playing with the right spirit.”

Now, Paul and Westbrook will face off today in Houston.

“It’ll be my first time back there since I got traded so you know, it’s another game,” he said.

The Warriors still have a lot to figure out. Stephen Curry scored 23 points, making seven of 18 shots while his teammates made just 23 of 74. Golden State was coming off a season-opening home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kevin Durant left the Warriors for Brooklyn in the offseason and Klay Thompson is likely out for the season with a torn left ACL.

Oklahoma City roared out to a 70-37 halftime lead. The Thunder shot 56.5 per cent before the break while holding the Warriors to 27.5 per cent. Schroder had 16 points and six rebounds in the first half.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder shoots. PHOTO: AP