The NBA defending champion Golden State Warriors has made a stunning comeback for what seemed to be an insurmountable series deficit after prevailing over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of their Western Conference Finals, to meet their long-time rival Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
After falling behind 3-1 in the series with two devastating losses on the road, the Warriors has survived three knockout games to keep another title bid alive. They are now expecting title defense against the Cavaliers in an NBA Finals rematch on Friday.
The league’s MVP Stephen Curry led the Warriors, finishing 36 points and eight assists. Klay Thompson also made a huge contribution, taking 21 markers. The two have combined for 13-of-23 three-pointers as they lifted the Warriors in erasing an early game double-digit deficit.
For the Thunder, Kevin Durant has scored 27 points, while Russell Westbrook got 19 points and 13 boards, but their hard work went to waste as they couldn’t stop the Warriors from scoring crucial points.
Curry and his teammates have struggled in the early stages of the game, as the avenging Thunder were able to control the ball game and build a 13-point advantage, 35-22 in the second quarter.
Thompson has made some advances, but the Thunder still led the half time at 48-42. In the third quarters, the Warriors went wild, dropping five straight hits from downtown, including the hot shooting three-pointers from Curry. This time, the Warriors has finally taken the lead, at 57-54 with 6:24 remaining on the clock.
The Warriors’ bench has also made an impressive game, providing a 12 -0 blasts that all of a sudden helped the Warriors gained the lead at 71-60. But the Thunder refused to give up and managed to come within striking distance, 73-69, after scoring seven points.
Then comes the climax when Draymond Green and Klay Thompson scored two long shots, which has widened the gap to 11, leaving the Thunder left on dust at 88-77 with still 4:50 remaining on the clock.
Durant tried to pump some life into the bleeding Thunder, firing seven points that closed the Warriors lead at 90-86, with 1:40 left on the clock.
Finally, Serge Ibaka has committed a costly mistake in the final stages of the game after he fouled Curry. This resulted in Curry making three free throws, lifting the Warriors to a 96-86 victory with just 26.8 seconds left.
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