Facing elimination, the Golden State Warriors quieted the critics en route to a 108-101 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday night. Led by the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors will host Game 7 Monday night at Oracle Arena.
While Curry was phenomenal with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, it was Thompson who led the Warriors to the win. The less-heralded Splash Brother poured in 41 points, and made clutch shot after clutch shot. Thompson set an NBA playoff-record with 11 three-pointers in the game, and single handedly outscored the Thunder in the fourth quarter (19-18).
But for as resounding of a victory as this was for the Warriors, Oklahoma City’s bad habits reared its ugly head at the worst possible time as well. All season, the Thunder have been criticized for their one-dimensional, iso-heavy fourth quarter offense, and it came back to bite them in the worst way.
The Thunder carried an 8-point lead into the final quarter and led by 7 with 5:48 left, but couldn’t hold on. Curry and Thompson caught fire, and Oklahoma City’s plan to let Westbrook or Durant go one-on-one didn’t work. Oklahoma City got outscored 21-7 in the final 5:48, and committed five turnovers in the final 90 seconds of the game.
Heading back to Oakland for Game 7, it’s safe to say the Warriors have all of the momentum in the series. However, that doesn’t mean a Thunder team led by Durant and Westbrook isn’t going down without a fight.
Enjoy Game 7 NBA fans; it’s going to be an absolute war.