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Five takeaways from the Thunder's 100-97 win against the Warriors

The Thunder claimed its first road win, a 100-97 victory over the Warriors, Monday at Chase Center.

In a late comeback, two quick Thunder 3-pointers, first by Chris Paul and then by Dennis Schroder, cut the Warriors lead to four points with two minutes left in the game. Then Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went coast-to-coast and Paul scored a fade away jumper to take OKC's first lead since the first quarter. The Thunder closed the game on a 13-0 run.

Here are five takeaways from OKC's first game in Golden State's new arena:

3-point shooting surges

Entering Monday’s game, the Warriors were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the NBA in terms of shooting percentage (32 percent) and makes per game (9.6). They ranked No. 27 in both categories.

But against the Thunder Monday, Golden State looked more like its old self, shooting 9-of-20 (45 percent) from 3-point range.

Hot start squandered

After draining his second 3-pointer of the night less than three minutes into the game, Danilo Gallinari alone had scored twice as many points as the Warriors. But the Thunder’s dominant 13-4 lead at that point faded quickly.

The Warriors scored 12 fast break points in the first half. Golden State only took eight 3-point attempts before the intermission, but it made half of them. Two of those makes came with about a minute left in the first half.

The Thunder needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Paul to cut the Warriors’ lead to six points and temper the momentum Golden state brought into the locker room.

Noel bounces back from illness

After missing the Thunder’s 130-127 loss to the Lakers Friday, Nerlens Noel returned to the court Monday at Golden State, flashing his dunking and rim-running ability.

Noel scored on alley-oop passes from Schroder and  Paul within a minute of each other in the second quarter.

He finished the night with four blocks, one of which forced a shot clock violation and gave the Thunder the ball. 

Noel scored nine points on six shots. 

Warriors still hampered by injury

The Warriors were so short-staffed that they started a two-way player, Ky Bowman. Steph Curry (left hand fracture), Draymond Green (right heel soreness), D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) highlighted the Warriors’ eight-player long injury list.

The Warriors suited up just eight players, and forward Eric Paschall struggled with foul trouble. But that didn’t stop them from outscoring the Thunder in each of the first three quarters.

Bowman scored a career-high 24 points

Nader and Burton fill in for Diallo

While not nearly as snake-bitten by injury as Golden State, OKC was missing Hamidou Diallo Monday. Diallo (right elbow hyperextension sprain) did not make the trip to San Francisco, and the Thunder announced Monday that he will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.  Both Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton stepped in for early minutes.

Both shot 1-of-3 from the field. Nader played 10 and a half minutes, and Burton played 7:44.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors' Alec Burks, left, and Glenn Robinson III (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, center, shoots between Golden State Warriors' Alec Burks, left, and Glenn Robinson III (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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