Andrew Bogut Shines As Warriors Force Game 6

Andrew Bogut had 15 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals as the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 Thursday to starve off elimination and force Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals.


Andrew Bogut gets defensive stops

After the Warriors got out-rebounded and bullied on the glass for the better part of the series, it was pivotal for Bogut and Draymond Green (11 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks) to get defensive stops and allow the rest of the Warriors players to create buckets on transition. |Final Box Score|

Stephen Curry (31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals) and Klay Thompson (27 points, 5 rebounds) delivered the goods on the offensive end despite shooting a combined 5-17 from deep. Marreese Speights proved to be a spark plug off the bench, scoring 14 points in just 9 minutes.

After the win, Curry said his team never believed the series was over despite going 3-1 down on Tuesday. “We just did what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to win at home. We know what we still have to do going forward. … We knew if we didn’t win we were going home. There’s no other motivation you need.”

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Durant, Westbrook come up big

For Thunder, the superstars – Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – had 40 and 31 points respectively but didn’t get too much production from the rest of the team. Dion Waiters, who has been integral to their success this postseason, had 0 points from 27 minutes off the bench. Andre Roberson played lockdown defense but got fouled out during the final quarter.

“Their bench came in and made shots, made plays for them. We know we’re going home. We can’t relax,” Durant said after the loss. Billy Donovan, coach of OKC, admitted that his team missed opportunities to close the gap in the fourth quarter. “We didn’t shoot a particularly good percentage when we got into the lane and got into the deep paint. We had our opportunities.”