The Splash Brothers – Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry – combined for 72 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-101 Sunday to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.
Thompson (41 points, 11/18 3-pt) hit an NBA playoffs record 11 three pointers while Curry nearly had a triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 6-13 3-pt) as the Warriors shot Thunder out of the gym with a combined 21 three pointers compared to OKC’s three shots from deep. |Final Box Score|
Splash Brothers take over fourth quarter
The Thunder, who entered the fourth quarter with a 83-75 lead, couldn’t amass any assists in the fourth quarter as they committed unnecessary turnovers to allow Warriors capitalize on transition. Andre Igudala played stellar defense on Kevin Durant & Co. as the Warriors shut down Thunder.
Durant had the worst game of his golden postseason run, shooting 10-31 and 1-8 from deep, besides committing three turnovers. Russell Westbrook also had a poor shooting night, going 10-27 from the field for his 28 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. Again, Westbrook turned the ball over during critical junctures of the game.
After the victory, Thompson credited his team for never giving up despite going down 3-1 in the series after Game 4. “I’m just so proud of everybody, man. We were down almost the whole game and we never gave up.”
Curry said his team needed to excel in Thunder’s homecourt to regain their confidence. “About time we had a stretch in this building where we imposed our will,” the league MVP said.
Westbrook’s turnovers cost OKC
With 1:35 left in the game, the scores were tied at 101-101 until Thompson’s clutch three pointer put the Warriors ahead. With 55 seconds left, Westbrook committed a critical turnover that was followed by Thompson missing a three. Just then, Westbrook turned the ball over yet again and Thunder paid the price with Curry’s game-clinching layup with 14.3 seconds left. That layup gave Warriors a five-point lead and enough to escape OKC with a stunning victory.
The series shifts to Oakland for Game 7. The Splash Brothers and the Warriors carry all the momentum into their own building and start as favorites to close out the series.