But, not Thursday night.
With McGee's constant lob threat attracting interior attention, the rest of the Warriors starting five had a field day with the reeling Clipper defense as both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson found their range early. Beat them 134 to 127.
The first quarter was the least of the Thunder's problems in Thursday's tougher-than-it-needed-to-be win at Sacramento.
In L.A.'s first win January 10 over Golden State since Christmas Day 2014, Williams scored 27 of his career-high 50 points in the third quarter to power the Clippers back from a nine-point deficit.
Curry made 14 of 19 shots, including eight of 11 from 3.
Curry also finished with a team-high 10 assists.
The Warriors sharpshooter caught fire in the third quarter, with his game in the zone, as he stole an inbounds pass by Tobias Harris, spotted up from the wing and tickled twine with a flawless rainbow three, as Ballmer tried to spook him by yelling at Curry from a few feet behind. The four teams ahead of them each have 26 losses. The Clippers had battled back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit.
Like that, the game was over. Westbrook had 17 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for his 18th triple-double of the season and 97th of his career. "We're not about to sit here and act like we're this battered team that had a disgusting season and we're looking for any glimmer of hope". "But I think we're getting better and better". "We did a lot of good things", Kerr analyzed after the win. "You know you're not going to win every game, but you got to have that mindset". He sat out with a sports hernia.
Danilo Gallinari (15 points), Harrell (15), Milos Teodosic (14) and Austin Rivers (14) made it seven players in double figures for Los Angeles, which fell to 5-3 since dealing Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons on January 29.
The Clippers had won seven of their previous nine games coming into Thursday night.
Left for dead when they dealt star Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons on January 29, the Clippers instead have parlayed greater depth and improved health to a 5-2 mark since the trade. After the game, Kerr said that McGee would start tonight against Oklahoma City. "We actually saw this over the years occasionally when Griffin was injured".
Nights like this one are bound to make it embarrassing for any opposing owner to witness, especially if they hope to rattle one of the world-class shooters that this league has ever seen. David West, who normally starts the second and fourth quarters, entered the game in the late-first and late-third quarters.
The Warriors' Kevin Durant vs. the Thunder's Paul George: George had a huge game the last time Oklahoma City visited Oracle Arena 2½ weeks ago.
On the surface, this looks like a sign of the Warriors moving away from an aging Pachulia but there's no guarantee that Pachulia will stay out of the starting lineup as Kerr has a history of making changes to spark his team.