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The Golden State Warriors are still alive, and of course the talk of them possibly being the tenth team in NBA history to come back from being down 3-1 is on the rise.  The Warriors had to come in with a different mentality which was to not only rely on Steph Curry, but avoid as many turn overs as possible to make sure they didn’t have a repeat of performances of what we saw in games 3 and 4.

GS got off to a fast start going up 22-12 in the first quarter. The Thunder came storming back quickly after, although GS would end up being up by 4 after one 25-21. Both Stephen Curry (31 points 9-20, FG 3-8 3-PT FG, 5 steals) and Klay Thompson (27 points 8-21 FG 2-9 3-PT FG) were on fire early offensively and defensively, giving OKC problems all night. Draymond Green (11 points 4-10 FG) regained form as well having some huge blocked shots during the game, including a huge block on Russell Westbrook (31 points 11-28 FG 3-8 3-PT FG) that sent him tumbling to the floor as the crowd erupted. Curry had a strong performance defensively not leaving much space between him and whoever he was defending, and he did really well not letting his team trail at all in Game 5. Not that trailing was an issue for GS to begin with, they didn’t have to rely on Curry and his health, as five GS players scored in double figures. Andrew Bogut (15 points 7-9 FG) and Marreese Speights (14 points 4-7 FG 1-1 3-PT FG) came through in a huge way keeping pressure off the big 3 from doing majority of the scoring.

Oklahoma City on the other hand had to depend on their big 2 all night to keep them in the game with Westbrook pouring in 31 and Kevin Durant (40 points 12-31 FG 3-11 3-PT FG)  shooting lights out trying to put away the Warriors, but the 71 points combined by those two stars still wasn’t enough. Both Durant and Westbrook combined for 59 shots while the rest of the team combined for 32 shots. That’s an issue they’re going to have to fix as they head home for Game 6 if they plan on punching their ticket to the finals. Dion Waiters (0 points 0-4 FG) is usually money for OKC coming off then bench, but was shut out in Game 5. Enes Kanter (1 point 0-1 FG) also was a disappointment, and it showed last night overall in the team’s performance. Serge Ibaka (13 points 5-10 FG) was the only player besides KD and Russ to score in double figures.

Oklahoma is headed home to host Game 6, and that is great news for them. This is going to be a high intensity game from the opening tip-off. GS is going to do whatever they can as a team to avoid elimination, and remain hopeful that they return back to Oracle Arena for a Game 7. While OKC will try to put a stop to GS’s historic season ending it without a happy ending. Game 6 comes to us Saturday from Chesapeake Arena 9:00 PM ET.

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