The Golden State Warriors kept their season alive with a 120-111 victory Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder to bring the Western Conference Finals to 3-2. But by no means should fans feel comfortable about a comeback.
As we found out very quickly this series, OKC is a tough team to beat. And it took a grind-it-out game from big men Draymond Green (11 points, 13 rebrounds) and Andrew Bogut (15 points, 14 rebounds) to match the physicality of the Thunder in Game 5.
Stephen Curry started the game out relatively cold, as the Warriors relied on offensive spurts from players like Marreese Speights (14 points), Andre Iguodala (8 points) and the shooting from Klay Thompson (27 points).
Kevin Durant (40 points) and Russell Westbrook (31 points) continuously kept the lead close, as whenever it looked like Golden State would run away, Durant hit a deep shot or Westbrook made an explosive play.
Russell Westbrook crossing up Klay Thompson!https://t.co/XGWGzrxVFj
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But with minutes ticking away in the fourth quarter, Curry became his clutch self again, making big plays near the hoop more often than beyond the arc (just 3-of-8 from three).
Curry floater.. And one pic.twitter.com/7IoXptohNZ
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After being criticized for “not playing tough D” against OKC in Game 4, Curry made the defensive play of the game with just over a minute left.
Chef Curry with the defense https://t.co/Yke1iVxwyE
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And he followed it up by burning the majority of the Thunder defense.
Stephen Curry yells at crowd: "WE'RE NOT GOING HOME, WE'RE NOT GOING HOME." pic.twitter.com/VgAgypqYzV
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“We’re not going home! We’re not going home!”
But as we learned in the previous two games, things are different at the Chesapeake Arena. Game 5 proved the Thunder can hang tough, even with the Warriors as the more desperate team at home. We’ll need to see something different from the defending champs on Saturday if they want to play a Game 7.