Posted November 15, 2013

Video: Warriors’ Andre Iguodala hits buzzer-beater to defeat Thunder

Andre Iguodala, Ben Golliver, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala hit a buzzer-beating jumper over Thabo Sefolosha to defeat the Thunder 116-115 to beat the Thunder at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

With 2.3 seconds remaining and the Thunder leading 115-114, Klay Thompson inbounded the ball from the right sideline. Iguodala first attempted to work himself free at the top of the key before deciding to cut to the near corner. Thompson made the simple pass to Iguodala in the near corner, and Iguodala gathered in stride, turning to uncork a fallaway jumper from the right baseline. The ball was out of his hands well before the clock hit zero, and the buzzer sounded just as the ball went through the hoop with a clean swish.

“That wasn’t the play,” Iguodala told TNT in a post-game interview. “The play was for me to get it, fake hand-off, and then look for my shot. But they switched, Thabo is a great defender, he denied me top side. I took a page out of Kobe [Bryant's] book, cutting backdoor. The baseline shot, I’ve seen it a million times, it worked for me once.”

Andre Iguodala buries the game-winner over Thabo Sefolosha. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)

Andre Iguodala buries the game-winner over Thabo Sefolosha. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)

The game-winner came immediately after Thunder guard Russell Westbrook hit a dramatic three-pointer to put Oklahoma City up by one. Kevin Durant pushed the ball up after Oklahoma City controlled a defensive rebound, and he found Wsetbrook on the right wing. He let it fly over Thompson from the right angle, deep behind the three-point arc, and the shot went in hitting nothing but net.

Iguodala finished with 14 points (on 5-for-6 shooting) and nine assists. Thompson tallied a team-high 27 points (on 10-for-15 shooting), five rebounds and two assists.

Westbrook scored a game-high 31 points (on 13-for-20 shooting) and added nine rebounds. Durant added 27 points (on 9-for-14 shooting) and 13 rebounds in a losing effort.

In a humorous moment after the game, Iguodala left a group of over-eager fans hanging in his post-shot celebration, much like LeBron James earlier this year:

Golden State improved to 6-3 with the win; Oklahoma City fell to 5-3 with the loss.

Top video via NBA Middle video via YouTube user NBA Highlights | Bottom video via YouTube user firstandskol

4 comments
gymviking
gymviking

Fun team to watch. The Warriors are ready to challenge the Spurs and Thunder now.

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

From a Pacers fan, The Warriors are for real.  They play unselfishly and they have some amazingly athletic talent and dead-eye shooters.  I see GS, LAC, SAS, and Minnesota as the WC Final 4 standing this year. 

BobKurtz
BobKurtz

The Warriors are for real.  Why??? Great coaching molding young players into a force.  What a great game/team , just listening to them on the radio is exciting.  It helps to have great announcers like Tim Roye and Jim Barrnett