War­riors play fi­nal game at Or­a­cle try­ing to force Game 7

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OAK­LAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry of­fered a long list of things mo­ti­vat­ing the Golden State War­riors to ex­tend their sea­son once more and keep alive the chase for a third straight cham­pi­onship.

Win­ning for in­jured team­mate Kevin Du­rant cer­tainly ranks No. 1 heading into Game 6 of the NBA Fi­nals.

A vic­tory in the last game at Or­a­cle Arena is right up there, too.

“I don’t think much needs to be said about the mo­ti­va­tion that we have or are go­ing to have to­mor­row,” Curry said Wed­nes­day. “… To pro­tect our home court, feed off our crowd’s en­ergy, play for ‘K’ and try to keep our sea­son alive. There are a lot of things that you can kind of tap into for en­ergy to­mor­row. We’ll be ready.”

Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and the Rap­tors are play­ing for Canada’s first NBA crown, not to men­tion the coun­try’s first ma­jor ti­tle since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

Toronto lead the series 3-2 series and are 3-0 on the War­riors’ home floor this sea­son.

“For some rea­son I think both teams are re­ally good road teams and have been all sea­son,” Rap­tors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s one thing. Two, two re­ally tough­minded teams play­ing and you’ve got to be a lit­tle more tough-minded on the road. And I think a lot of those games prob­a­bly could have went ei­ther way.”

The War­riors might have to over­come be­ing both emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally spent af­ter watch­ing two-time reign­ing Fi­nals MVP Du­rant go down again. Du­rant had re­turned from a month­long ab­sence with a strained right calf to start Game 5 only to rup­ture his right Achilles ten­don in the sec­ond quar­ter. Du­rant an­nounced Wed­nes­day on In­sta­gram the sever­ity of his in­jury and that he had un­der­gone surgery .

The War­riors also lost re­serve big man Kevon Looney as he re-ag­gra­vated a car­ti­lage frac­ture in his right col­lar­bone area.

Klay Thomp­son ex­pects more en­ergy than ever given the War­riors have re­cently gone through, not to men­tion all of the highs and lows dur­ing 47 sea­sons at Or­a­cle.

“We’re just think­ing about en­joy­ing this last show at Or­a­cle we’re about to give our fans. And I ex­pect our fans to be the loud­est they have ever been, es­pe­cially in the name of Kevin and bring­ing his type of spirit he would bring to the fight and the com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Thomp­son said. “I know our fans will do that be­cause we de­serve it, but more im­por­tantly Kevin does for what he gave this team, this or­ga­ni­za­tion. There wouldn’t be ban­ners if it wasn’t for his pres­ence.”

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