Stephen Curry, Warriors Storm Back To Level Series

Stephen Curry (28 points, 5-8 3pt) scored 15 consecutive points in less than 2 minutes during the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors landed a knockout blow to Oklahoma City Thunder before a 118-91 blowout victory Wednesday night to square the Western Conference Finals at one win apiece.


Curry’s incredible scoring stretch meant Warriors converted a 5-point lead to a 20-point lead, outscoring the Thunder 61-42 in the second half after a competitive first half. The Warriors found their mojo back in Game 2 after a disappointing Game 1 which saw none of their bench players make a significant contribution. |Final Box Score|

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t surprised with Curry’s performance. “Business as usual. This is what he does. I feel great joy. It’s true.” Meanwhile, Klay Thompson said his team needed the win to regain the momentum. “We responded all year long whether it was a bad loss or a sloppy win. We come back sharp the next game, and it’s a testament to everybody on this team.”

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Draymond Green tried his best to rattle the Thunder with a more physical brand of basketball, finishing with a tally of 10 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks. Green finished with only 3 fouls but things nearly got out of hand in the 3rd when he escaped a fourth technical foul for the postseason. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson contributed 11 and 15 points respectively.

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Warriors bench comes up big…

The Warriors bench accounted for 50 points with Andre Igudala (14 points, 3 steals), Mo Speights (13 points) and Festus Ezili (12 points) helping the NBA champions regain the momentum.  The Warriors collectively shot 50% from the field and 46% from deep after a poor shooting night on Monday.

For the Thunder, Kevin Durant had a sublime game, hitting 11 out of 18 shots for his 29 points. However, his partner in crime – Russell Wesbtrook – had another streaking shooting night, going 5/14 from the field for his 16 points. Westbrook was -27 when on the floor, a forgettable night.

Besides Durant and Westbrook, none of the Thunder players scored in double digits just two nights after four of their five starters finished with double-doubles. They shot a paltry 30% from deep and 44% overall and didn’t play the lockdown defense that was seen during the first game of the series.

The series now shifts to Oklahoma for Game 2 on Sunday night. Has Stephen Curry found his mojo?