Leading the majority of pivotal game six, Oklahoma City faltered late as Golden State prevailed 108-101. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit, the defending NBA Champions have forced a deciding game seven at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson and reigning MVP Steph Curry combined for 70 points on 17 made three-pointers. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 41 points, while connecting on an NBA playoff record 11 makes from deep.
The home-standing Thunder exerted every ounce of effort before the rabid contingent at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 29 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook was one rebound shy of a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals. Serge Ibaka (13) and Andre Roberson (11) joined the All-NBA duo in double-figure scoring.
The deciding factor in this highly-anticipated match up was Golden State's 21 made three-pointers. The Warriors simply caught fire down the stretch, outscoring the Thunder 33-18 in the fourth. While Oklahoma City played championship-caliber basketball for 45 minutes, the combination of costly late turnovers and the Warriors' otherworldly outside shooting was too much to overcome.
Andre Iguodala played exceptional defense late in the contest, as Westbrook committed four costly turnovers in the final two minutes of play. Until that point, Westbrook and Oklahoma City had taken excellent care of the ball and brought maximum intensity on each possession. However, the defending champs turned up their intensity after taking a 104-101 lead with 1:35 remaining on Thompson's final make from downtown.
Draymond Green was the lone Warrior (14 points, 12 rebounds) to join Curry and Thompson in double-digits. Both teams struggled from the foul-line. Golden State shot 62.5 percent from the stripe, as Oklahoma City was only a bit better at 68.8 percent. An uncanny Warrior team shot 47 percent from deep, while the Thunder made just 3-of-23 from beyond the circle.
The tough-luck Thunder will now look to regroup on the road, as a winner-take-all game seven eminates from Oracle Arena in Oakland Monday night at 9 PM ET.