OKLAHOMA CITY — The defending NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors live to play another day, with an incredible 108-101 comeback victory on the road Saturday night. Now Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors are going home play to Game 7 at Oracle Arena on Monday night.
OKC had a strong command of the game until the Warriors slowly, relentlessly fought their way back. Curry had a lot of help from Klay Thompson who may have had possible the best offensive performance of his life, along with Andre Iguodala who may have given the best defensive performance of his life, capped by a dagger from Stephen Curry, himself.
Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champions forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Thompson scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors overcome an eight-point deficit.
Despite the daunting history at hand, the reality that just nine teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to survive in the series, the Warriors are on the brink of just that. With the Thunder ahead 97-92 and 4:48 remaining at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the comeback that has the Warriors headed back to the building where they lost just two games in the regular season began.
What didn’t change for Golden State was a second quarter that started disastrously. After keeping things close during an offensively stagnant first stanza (in which Curry scored nary a point), Kerr rested his Big 3 for a spell. Kevin Durant promptly kicked off a Thunder run that built to a 13-point advantage. The exclamatory point of that run was a vicious, thrown dunk from Steven Adams over the nemesis of his lower waist, Draymond Green, ESPN reported.
Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. The Warriors, who set the NBA regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. They’ll try to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit and earn the right to play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.
“We’ve got a lot of belief and a lot of heart, and we’ve given ourselves a chance to win this series,” Curry said. “That’s all we could ask for. There’s obviously a lot of excitement, but we still have one job to do.”
Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.
The Warriors held the Thunder to 18 points in the fourth quarter to stay alive. They expect another tough battle in Game 7. They say this time of year you must Win or Go Home, Monday night Curry and crew plan to do both as they survive to go home and try to pull out another win.
Lebron James and the Cavs patiently wait for their Finals opponent, as OKC and Golden State slug it out Monday night.