OAKLAND, Sporting Alert – ‘We are not going home,’ that was the chant from Stephen Curry, as he connected on big shots down the stretch.
Curry, who had two below-par performances on the road in this series, bounced back to score 31 points, while Klay Thompson finished with 27 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-111 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night to cut the series deficit to 3-2.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Curry, who also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals, said after the game.
Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with a game-high 40 points and seven rebounds, while going 13 for 13 from the free throw line.
Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals, but also turned the ball over seven times in the defeat.
Before the game Golden State coach Steven Kerr called on the supporters: “It’s a big game. We need our crowd behind us,” the fans certainly got the behind the home side from the opening tip.
Andrew Bogut had his best game of the series – finishing with 15 points and 14 boards, while Marreese Speights added 14 points.
Game 6 is in Oklahoma City on Saturday.
FIRST HALF REPORT
OAKLAND, Sporting Alert – Three Golden State players scored in double figures in the first half and the Warriors lead the Oklahoma City Thunder 58-50 at halftime in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.
Klay Thompson leads the way for the Warriors with 16 points on 6 for 13 shooting, while Curry has 11 points on 4 for 8 shooting to go along with five assists.
Also scoring in double figures in the first half is Andrew Bogut, who is 5 for 6 on field goal attempts, while he also has eight rebounds, including six at the defensive end for Golden State, which shot 51-percent from the floor in the opening 24 minutes.
Marreese Speights is 3 for 5 on shooting for nine points off the bench for the Warriors.
Kevin Durant has 15 points and four rebounds for the Thunder at the end of the opening half, with All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook tallying 13 points at the interval, but is shooting just 4 for 14.
Oklahoma City shot 41 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long-range. They lead the seven-game series 3-1.
The Warriors scored the Thunder 13-4 on fast break points and outassisted the Thunder 16-11.