OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – Klay Thompson scored a career playoff high 41 points and the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-101 in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday. Complete Box Score
The series is now locked at 3-3 with Game 7 heading to the Bay Area on Monday.
Trailing the Thunder for most of the contest, the Warriors, playing like a team that truly didn’t want to go home, rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead and held on to it, as Thompson, who made a playoff record 11 3-pointers, made some big buckets to keep the score close.
Thompson, who went 11 for 18 from long-range, fired the defending champions ahead with a three pointer to break the 101-101 deadlock.
Stephen Curry got off to a slow start, but found his groove to add 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, while Draymond Green finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals for Golden State, which was down by seven points with five minutes to play, but outscored the Thunder 16-4 in the last 4:40.
The partnerships of Curry and Thompson also outscored that of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook 25-12 in the fourth quarter.
Shortly after putting his five-points ahead, Curry put seven fingers up as he walked towards his teammates – indicating that there will be a game seven.
The two-time MVP warned though, that not because they are heading home for Game 7 doesn’t mean it will be an automatic win.
Durant scored 29 points to lead the way for Oklahoma City, with Westbrook collecting 28 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals in the defeat.
The Thunder took 23 shots from 3-point range and made just three of them for 13 percent on a very poor shooting night for the host behind the arc.
Overall, Durant made only 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook went 10 for 27.
The hosts, who led by as many as 13 points, also had 0 assists in the fourth quarter, while being outscored 33-18 in the period as well.
Serge Ibaka had 13 points, nine rebounds and three block shots for OKC, which got 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks from Andre Roberson in the defeat.
The Warriors set an NBA record with 73 regular-season wins, and they were determined to show everyone that they are capable of finding that form again.
After losing two in a row for the first time this season, the Warriors won two straight to keep the defense of their NBA title alive.
The winner after Monday night will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, starting on Thursday, June 2.