The defending champs showed some amazing resiliency after getting absolutely manhandled by Oklahoma City in Games 3 & 4. As the game came to a conclusion, Stephen Curry screamed to the Golden State faithful, “we ain’t going home!” as the Warriors quickly wrapped up their 120-111 victory.
Despite dreadful shooting in the opening period (29%), the Thunder were able to hang with the Warriors who only led 25-21 after the first 12 minutes. Golden State was inexplicably bad from behind the arc and finished just 1/8 for the period; both Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 0/6. Although he shot poorly, Thompson was the leading scorer with nine, and Curry got involved by passing very early and handed out three assists. To say that Russell Westbrook struggled would be a massive understatement — he shot just 1/9 with three points and missed every two-point attempt. His swingman, Kevin Durant, wasn’t much better and had eight points on 3/9 from the field.
Both offenses started to get rolling in the second quarter, but the shootout ended with the Warriors edging out OKC 33-29. Thompson and Curry were more productive, going for seven each on a combined 6/9 from the field; center Andrew Bogut was surprisingly effective also, scoring six on 3/4 shooting. Their leading scorer, however, was Marresse Speights, who came off the bench and torched the Thunder with nine points. Mo’ Buckets had a bit of a duel with Anthony Morrow, who also came off the bench with seven points despite being limited to just 72 minutes this postseason. Westbrook was able to find his rhythm and led Oklahoma City with ten on 3/5 shooting. Golden State held a 58-50 lead entering the break.
Oklahoma City mounted a bit of a comeback in the third, coming out with 27 points and limiting Golden State’s hot offense to 23 on 42% shooting. Durant and Westbrook combined for 18 of those points and accounted for six of their ten made shots. The lead could’ve possibly been vanquished if OKC hadn’t been sloppy with the ball and let Golden State get eight points off five turnovers. Curry was able to keep his team in the game with his scoring effort and defense. With nine points on 3/6 shooting, Steph led the Warriors offensively and even picked off three steals in the frame. Draymond Green, who was relatively quiet, had his best quarter with five points, four rebounds, and two blocks. Heading into the fourth, the Warriors led 81-77.
Curry, Durant, and Westbrook had a bona fide shootout in the fourth, with the three superstars combining for 37 of the 73 total points. Golden State had 39 of those points, and Steph’s aggression put them in a great spot to seal the game. By himself, Curry went to the free throw line eight times and knocked down all eight; as a team, the Warriors shot 18/19. Durant and Westbrook also had relentless aggression, attempting all 12 of OKC’s free throws and hitting ten. Unfortunately, the Thunder got almost no help outside of Durant’s 14 points and Russ’ 11. Curry had 12, but Thompson pitched in seven to help the Warriors maintain their lead.
Durant was the game’s leading scorer with 40, and Westbrook wasn’t far off with 31. For the Warriors, Curry came up huge with 31 despite a lackluster shooting night (9/20) and Thompson had a crucial 27.
Game 6 is back in Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 28, at 9:00 PM EST.