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NBA Thunder take control against Warriors after game-four win

The Oklahoma City Thunder left the Golden State Warriors in their wake as they took control of the NBA Western Conference final series with a 118-94 win.

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Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors in their wake as the Oklahoma City Thunder took control of the NBA Western Conference final series with a 118-94 win on Tuesday.

Westbrook and Durant both had double-doubles for the rampaging Thunder, who now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven play-off series, with defending champions the Warriors now facing a mountain to climb in their bid for back-to-back championships.

Steph Curry play Steph Curry could not lead Warriors to victory against Thunder (NBAE/Getty Images )

 

The comprehensive game-four victory saw Westbrook post his fifth successive double-double and 10th in 15 post-season matches via 36 points and 11 assists, while Durant chipped in with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Despite romping to a 28-point victory in game three on Sunday, the Thunder were expected to be pegged back by the Warriors.

Russell Westbrook play Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Oklahoma to victory (NBAE/Getty Images )

 

But the Warriors were barely given a sniff after the Thunder raced out to a 72-53 half-time lead, inspired by a 42-point second quarter.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry (19 points) and the Warriors attempted to claw their way back into the contest, closing to within nine points with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Klay Thompson play Klay Thompson (left) was the leading scorer for Golden State with 26 points - Curry only made 19 (EPA)

 

However, the Thunder were not to be denied as they limited the Warriors to just 12 fourth-quarter points, earning a commanding lead in the process.

The Warriors return to Golden State for game five on Thursday.

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