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Warriors-Thunder draws more than 5.3 million viewers

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BRISTOL, Conn. – The Golden State Warriors’ stunning comeback win over the Oklahoma City Thunder is the most-watched non-Christmas NBA regular-season game since 2013.

The defending champions’ 121-118 overtime victory Saturday night averaged more than 5.3 million viewers on ABC. ESPN said Tuesday that’s the most since 5.4 million for the 2013-14 season opener between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls on TNT.

Saturday’s broadcast drew nearly 8.1 million viewers during the overtime period.

The Warriors are a hot ticket. Golden State’s victory over San Antonio in a showdown of the league’s top teams on Monday was the most-watched telecast in NBA TV history.

The network said the game averaged 1.4 million viewers, peaking at 1.7 million viewers between 8:15-8:30 p.m. PST.

The previous most-viewed telecast was Game 6 of a 2014 first-round series between Indiana and Atlanta that averaged 1.1 million viewers.

The Warriors beat the Spurs 120-90 to run their record to 41-4. The Spurs are 38-7.

With Cleveland beating Minnesota in the first game of NBA TV’s doubleheader, the network said Tuesday it set records for total day audience and extended prime-time viewership.

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