By Jack Ryan

Hold off on the coronation of the Golden State Warriors.

Last year’s NBA champions are a fave to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.

But then they played last night’s game 1!

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook (above) and OKC dazzled in the fourth quarter, rallying from 14 points down for a 108-102 victory at Golden State.

“You have to have a mind-set coming into these kinds of venues,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Our guys, I think they understand what they’re walking into. You don’t just walk in here say, ‘Oh, everything’s going to be O.K.’ You have to have a mind-set to understand. The first thing is to embrace the fact it’s going to be hard.”

Durant scored 26 points and made a key 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds left, while Westbrook scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half. Westbrook also had 12 assists and 7 steals in the opener of the Thunder’s fourth West finals in six years.

Game 2 is Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. If this one was at all a preview of what is coming, this should be a dandy of a series between the N.B.A.’s highest-scoring teams from the regular season.

“We’ve just got to compete,” Westbrook said. “It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a tough building. They have a lot of great players on their team, but I know we’re a great team, and when we put our minds to it — tonight we didn’t play our best game and we came out with a win.”

Steven Adams made two free throws for Oklahoma City with 1 minute 1 second remaining, and Klay Thompson missed a reverse lay-in moments later on the other end. Adams finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Stephen Curry, the league’s most valuable player, had 26 points and a playoff career-high 10 rebounds, but the Warriors missed too many shots down the stretch. The Warriors’ 42 second-half points and 14 in the fourth both were lows this postseason.

“We got rushed and tried to go for the home run plays. Sometimes it works,” Curry said. “Defensively, we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It’s something we’ll learn from going forward.”

With his team down by 105-102, Warriors Coach Steve Kerr begged for a traveling call on Westbrook at midcourt with 17.2 seconds left, Kerr signaling with his arms before going into a squat. Oklahoma City got a timeout instead. Westbrook made one free throw with 14.5 seconds to go.

“I do think we lost our poise a little bit,” Kerr said. “And that had a lot to do with the quick shots.”

Thompson scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half but shot 3 for 10 over the last two quarters. Curry’s 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer gave Golden State a 60-47 lead at the break.

Durant scored to get his team to within 88-85 going into the final quarter, then knocked down a tying 3 just 12 seconds into the fourth. Dion Waiters’s layup at 10:30 put the Thunder ahead for the first time since the opening quarter.

Westbrook missed nine of his first 10 shots before finding a groove and scoring 19 points in his team’s 38-point third quarter. His jumper with 5:03 left pulled Oklahoma City to 73-68 before Thompson answered two possessions later. Westbrook stole the ball from Draymond Green and drove the length of the court for a dunk at the 3:07 mark of the third, and that helped swing momentum.

Durant, Serge Ibaka and Adams each had double-digit rebounds — a focal point for Golden State after the Warriors won by 121-118 in overtime on Curry’s long game-winner at Oklahoma City on Feb. 27 despite being outrebounded, 62-32.

Westbrook took a hard hit to the face by Andrew Bogut for a foul ruled a Flagrant 1 after a review at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter. Trainers checked Westbrook’s mouth.

Curry was 9 for 22 from the field, including a 6-for-14 performance from beyond the arc, and committed seven turnovers to go with seven assists. He hit a 3-pointer in his 45th straight playoff game, breaking Reggie Miller’s record set from 1995-2000.

“It’s not a good feeling losing Game 1, especially at home,” Curry said. “It’s fun to have this opportunity to come back, show what we’re made of.”

The game was Curry’s second straight start since he came off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers following a right knee sprain that still isn’t 100 percent. He said he can manage just fine; it’s just about “pain tolerance” in the days to come.

This is the first playoff matchup between Oklahoma City and the Warriors, though Golden State lost a first-round series, 3-1, to the franchise when it was the Seattle SuperSonics in 1992.

Bogut started but didn’t score after returning to practice Sunday from a strained muscle in his right leg between the groin and hamstring that he injured in last Wednesday’s Game 5 clincher against Portland.

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