War­riors take it back to Oak­land

Force Mon­day Game 7 as Thun­der stum­ble

SundayXtra - - NBA PLAYOFFS - By Cliff Brunt

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — Klay Thomp­son made a play­off-record 11 three­p­oint­ers and scored 41 points, and the de­fend­ing cham­pion Golden State War­riors forced a sev­enth game in the Western Con­fer­ence fi­nals with a 108101 vic­tory over the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der Satur­day night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to fin­ish with 29 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists.

Record The War­riors, who set the league’s reg­u­lar-sea­son record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 Mon­day. The win­ner will play Cleve­land in the NBA final.

Ok­la­homa City dom­i­nated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the War­riors made 21 of 44 3-point­ers Satur­day, while Ok­la­homa City was three of 23.

Kevin Du­rant scored 29 points and Rus­sell West­brook added 28 for the Thun­der. But Du­rant made just 10 of 31 shots and West­brook was 10 of 27.

Try­ing to be­come the 10th team to over­come a 3-1 deficit, the War­riors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight go­ing to the fourth quar­ter.

Thomp­son kept them in it with four three-point­ers in just over seven min­utes to start the pe­riod. Curry then hit two treys, the sec­ond of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thomp­son’s trey with 1:35 to play put the War­riors up 104-101.

The Thun­der, who blew a num­ber of fourth-quar­ter leads dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, fell apart in the final min­utes af­ter Golden State had fi­nally gone ahead for good.

West­brook lost con­trol of the ball, and af­ter Thomp­son missed a three, West­brook turned the ball over again. Curry’s layup with 14.3 sec­onds to play put the War­riors up by five, the Thun­der turned it over again, and the War­riors were in the clear.

Mo­men­tum The Thun­der led 23-20 af­ter one quar­ter, then seized mo­men­tum early in the sec­ond. Steven Adams’ pow­er­ful one-handed dunk on Dray­mond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Ok­la­homa City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice dur­ing the se­ries, was a con­stant tar­get for the vo­cal Thun­der fans.

Thomp­son opened the sec­ond half with back-to-back three-point­ers to give the War­riors a 54-53 edge, but the Thun­der closed the quar­ter strong and led 83-75 head­ing into the fourth.

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