The Golden state Warriors have bounced back from a 3-1 series battle to clinch the Western conference title with an impressive game 7 victory over Okc Thunder.
As they have all season long, OKC left the painful past behind them and opened with a 24-19 lead after the first quarter that made it clear Game 6 was a distant memory. Their defensive length and versatility, yet again, made things tough on this vaunted Warriors offense that shot just 34.8% (eight of 23). Thompson, whose 11-threepointer performance had put given Golden State this chance, missed all four of his shots.
Thompson helped the Warriors stay afloat when their offense was stagnant yet again, hitting four threepointers in a row after missing his first seven shots. Curry was on point early, tallying 12 points and five assists, but he was in rare company. The Thunder, having let the Warriors crawl within four, used an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 45-33 – Adams hit a bucket in the lane, Westbrook converted a three-point play, Durant buried a jumper from the left during, and Adams added a free throw. But the finish, as was so often the case for them this season, left much to be desired.
Warriors’ 29-12 period all came from offensive plays – the Curry three from deep on the right wing as Ibaka closed that cut the deficit to five, the Thompson three on the right wing over Adams, the Iguodala three from the right that came after Curry beat Durant baseline and curled a perfect pass to his teammate, and certainly the Curry three that followed on the right wing that tied it 54-54.But it was their defense – that stifling effort that forced the Thunder to miss 14 of 19 shots – that put them up 71-60 and on the verge of the Finals return.
Curry finished with 36 points (13 of 24 shooting overall, seven of 12 from three-point range), eight assists and five rebounds. His fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson – whose Game 6 performance brought them to this point – had six three-pointers in a 21-point outing. As a team, the Warriors hit 17 of 37 from three-point range. In Game 6 and 7 combined, the Warriors were 38 of 82 from three.
Oklahoma City shot 38.2% overall, with Durant the only starter with an efficient night (27 points on 10 of 19 shooting). Russell Westbrook had a nightmare finish to his season, hitting just seven of 21 shots (to go with 13 assists).