The Oklahoma City Thunder took a quick 3-1 series lead on the Warriors, and everyone had written off Golden State. If any team, however, were to come back from being down 3-1, it would be the Warriors, and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have now led their record-setting squad to two straight victories and tied the series at 3-3 with a 108-101 victory in Game 6 in OKC.
Inconsistency was prevalent from both sides early, and the first quarter was oddly slow on offense. The Thunder took a 23-20 lead after Russell Westbrook gave them eight and Serge Ibaka chipped in seven, but they barely managed to shoot over 40% for the frame as Kevin Durant shot just 2/10. Thompson gave the Warriors seven despite shooting 3/10 from the field, and Draymond Green knocked down two threes and grabbed four rebounds in the quarter. Curry, who played the whole first quarter, was held scoreless and only attempted three shots while he was out there; he did, however, grab three boards and dish out two assists.
The second quarter rolled around, and the Splash Brothers caught fire. Both tallied nine points and combined to shoot 5/8 from downtown; Steph went to the line five times and connected on three. Curry had another impressive quarter outside of scoring and pulled in four more rebounds, and kept his teammates involved with three assists. For the Thunder, Durant finally got his offense rolling and poured in 12 of OKC’s 30 points to extend their lead out to five. After getting out to that hot start in the first, Westbrook cooled off significantly and scored just three points on 1/5 shooting in the second. Fortunately for the Thunder, Westbrook kept the ball moving and handed out five dimes in the frame as Oklahoma City walked into the locker room with a 53-48 lead.
Golden State came out of the break and played like a team who weren’t ready to go home. Curry shot 4/9 from the field but had a 14-point explosion that helped the Warriors jump out to 27 points in the quarter. Thompson was rather ineffective but did put in two buckets from behind the arc for six points. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Thunder came out and played even better than they did. Durant and Westbrook each had nine as OKC scored 30 to stretch their lead to eight entering the fourth. They could’ve possibly put the game away if they weren’t so sloppy with the ball and gave up nine points on six turnovers.
The Thunder looked like they were in great position to seal the game and advance to the Finals. Then Klay Thompson got hot, super-hot. He had 19 huge points on a variety of very tough shots. Five threes were nailed in the quarter by Klay, and a majority of them were off-balance with a defender in his face. Thompson’s quarter pretty much zapped the life out of Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the Thunder certainly didn’t help themselves with how they played. OKC had six turnovers in the quarter, all of them came in the final three minutes, and Durant and Westbrook committed all six — four of those six happened in the last minute. Those six mistakes resulted in ten Golden State points and OKC’s offense just couldn’t hang with the Warriors.
Thompson was the game’s leading scorer with 41 and nailed an NBA-record 11 threes. Curry had 29, ten boards, and finished one assist shy of a triple-double. Durant had 29 on 10/31 shooting, and Westbrook had 28, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, but those late turnovers really killed them.
It looks very grim for the Thunder, who travel back to Golden State with zero momentum; Game 7 is Monday, May 30 at 9:00 PM EST. If Golden State wins and finished their comeback from being down 3-1, it would be the tenth such feat in NBA history.