Paul George couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn and then he couldn’t miss.
The Warriors might have looked like themselves, the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals all in one night.
In the end, Oklahoma City simply could not close on Golden State, despite the Warriors leaving the door open nearly the length of the fourth quarter.
The Thunder fell 108-100 despite a huge second half from Paul George, a big night from Dennis Schroder, a good night from Steven Adams and fairly terrific defense throughout.
The Warriors finished shooting 44.2 percent (42 of 95) from the field, yet just 26.9 percent (7 of 26) from beyond the 3-point arc.
Oklahoma City also lost because it couldn’t shoot: 36.3 percent (33 of 91) from field, 27 percent (10 of 37) from 3-point land and 63.9 percent (24 of 37) from the free-throw line.
Jeremy Grant hit two free throws with 9:21 remaining to forge the game’s final tie, 87-87, yet the Thunder converted on just two of their next eight possessions.
A single free throw from Steven Adams with 1:57 remaining brought Oklahoma City within 99-97, but the Thunder could get no closer.
George finished with 27 points after netting just two by the half. Schroder finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Adams added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Warriors (1-0) got 32 points from Stephen Curry, 27 from Kevin Durant and 14 from Klay Thompson. Kevin Looney added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Thunder (0-1) are back on the court for a 9:30 p.m. tip Friday at the Los Angeles Clippers.