Just when it looked like the Oklahoma City Thunder had wrapped up a stunning fourth quarter rally, Andre Iguodala put on his cape saved the day. The Warriors' major offseason acquisition arced a fading 16-foot buzzer beater over the outstretched arm of ace defender Thabo Sefolosha that splashed the net just before time expired to pull out a 116-115 win at ORACLE Arena on Thursday night.
"Those are the moments when your mind is just racing," said Iguodala, via The Associated Press. "When Klay (Thompson) threw the pass, I was thinking I could get to the basket. As soon as the ball hit my hands, my feet were set just to catch, turn around and shoot -- something I worked on a lot throughout my career. The situation was there and everything just worked out."
Moments before Iggy's game-winning shot, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook seemed to have hit the night's biggest shot. With the Warriors holding a 114-112 lead, Westbrook drained a deep go-ahead three-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining.
Westbrook's shot capped a late surge from the Thunder that erased a 14-point deficit with 7:11 remaining in the game. His late shot sure seemed like it was the winner. It wasn't. The Warriors called a timeout and set up the inbounds play that resulted in the buzzer beater.
"The guy has a big-time basketball IQ. He read it, reacted ... got the catch and made an incredible shot," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said after his teams' last-second win, via Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle. "It was a big win for my guys."