It’s a sudden death match, the resilient Golden State Warriors refused to die and forced Game 7. The Golden State Warriors showed the heart of a real champion and have successfully avoided elimination after beating the Thunder 108-101 in the Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The defending champion Warriors, who were initially down 3-1, have now tied the series at three-game apiece to force Game 7 back in Golden State homecourt.
The Thunder has already pushed the Warriors to the brink of absolute collapse after winning Game 3 and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. Most people believed that the Thunder would deliver a far better performance and finish the series in Game 5.
Unfortunately, the Warriors showed great life and started to bounce back with an impressive display of performance at Game 5 and Game 6. It’s the latest example of a remarkable transformation the Warriors has undergone over the past few weeks. It’s the heart of champions that kept the Warriors fighting and alive.
Warriors’ Klay Thompson showed incredible resolve, finishing a playoff-record of 11 3-pointers and scored a whopping 41 points, while MVP Stephen Curry finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the Warriors.
Kevin Durant lifted the Thunder with 29 points while teammate Russell Westbrook made 28 markers for the Thunder who for the second straight time failed to close out the series. Initially, the Thunder led by as much as 13 points, at 41-28, in the first half but they couldn’t hold the lead.
The Thunder can’t stop the Warriors from hitting due to the hot hands of Klay Thompson who kept Warriors within striking distance with his hot kept shooting. Thompson started the second half of the game with three-point salvos to close the gap with Thunder at 54-53. The Warriors then took the lead, at 59-57, after a Draymond Green power slam.
But the Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, managed to close the quarter strong and finished the quarter with a 9-2 run for an 83-75 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Battled and weary, the Warriors refused to give up their chase of the Western Conference Finals, went in the fourth quarter of the game to tie the game at 99-all with still 2:48 left on the clock.
Klay Thompson made a three-pointer on the fastbreak and give the Warriors team the shot it’s looking for, a 104-101 lead. With 1:35 remaining in the game, the Warriors had a chance to steal a win in this game. A perfectly delivered layup and a skillful steal by Stephen Curry on the other end of the court sealed the game for the Warriors completely.
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