Stephen Curry Powers Warriors To NBA Finals
Stephen Curry, the league MVP, tallied 36 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88 Monday to qualify for their second consecutive NBA Finals.Advertisement
Klay Thompson, the hero of Game 6, had another hot shooting night – going 6/11 from deep for his 21 points. Curry went 7/12 from deep including three clutch threes in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the defending champions. |Final Box Score|
Golden State became only the 10th team in playoffs history to rally from a 3-1 deficit. Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will now meet in a rematch of last year’s Finals which the former won by a 4-2 margin.
Stephen Curry has a clutch gene
“This is who he is. Having a clutch performance in a Game 7, that’s Steph Curry,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the win, before appreciating his team’s resilience to bounce back from a 3-1 deficit. “We survived by the skin of our teeth. We were able to pull it out, and we’re moving on (to the finals).”
For Thunder, Kevin Durant played 46 out of 48 minutes for his 27 points and 7 rebounds. Russell Westbrook also played 45 minutes for his 19 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds. Eventually, the physicality of a seven-game series took its toll on the Thunder as their stars failed to hit open shots and easy layups while buckling under pressure.
Thunder coach Billy Donovan tipped his hat off to the Warriors. “They won a world championship last year, and they’ve broken an NBA record, and people are already talking about it before the playoffs started, this may be the greatest team to ever lace them up in the history of the NBA.”
Stephen Curry and the Warriors face Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
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