Warriors win, setup Memorial Day Game 7 showdown
In a game where Golden State went into Chesapeake Energy Arena as the unusual under dog in a crucial Game 6, and OKC was favored to close out the Warriors at home, came down to an epic meltdown.
The momentum now shifts over to GSW’s side as Game 7 will be decided Monday, on Memorial Day, at Oracle Arena. Golden State is looking to possibly be the tenth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Oklahoma City closed out the 3rd quarter strong, and went into the 4th quarter with the lead, 83-75. However, they weren’t able to close the last few minutes as the Warriors came out of Game 6 victorious, 108-101.
The Thunder would lead after the 1st quarter 23-20, and the pace and energy only grew for them in the second as Steve Adams (9 points, 3-6 FG) completely thrashed Draymond Green (12 points, 4-10 FG) posterizing him as the crown erupted. OKC would lead at the half 53-48. In the 3rd quarter, GS came out and took an early lead 54-53, but OKC would continue to fight back trying to put this one away. It was in the 4th quarter’s last five minutes OKC would hold a 7 point lead, committed 6 TO’s between Kevin Durant (29 points, 10-31 FG, 1-8 3-pt FG) and Russell Westbrook (27 points, 10-27 FG, 0-8 3-pt FG) and got outscored 19-5 within that frame. The entire game was pretty close at the end of each quarter until the 4th. There, GS out scored OKC 33-18.
Klay Thompson (41 points, 11-18 3-pt FG) was feeling it as he scored 19 in the fourth quarter and set a playoff record for most scored 3’s by a player, previous was 9. OKC had no answer for Thompson as he poured it in and silenced the crowd. Stephen Curry (31 points, 9-22 FG, 10 rbs, 9 ast) almost found himself with a triple double, as he overcame a sluggish start to help keep their hopes of going to the NBA Finals for a second consecutive time.
OKC definitely shot themselves on the foot in this one. Curry was 0-5 in the first as he was held scoreless. Serge Ibaka (13 points, 5-10 FG) would score 12 of his 13 points in the first half, and would also go on to pick up three fouls. If OKC has anything to be excited about its the fact that they’re still in it, despite the barrage from the splash brothers, as they remain hopeful to redeem themselves come Monday night, and look to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. All they’re going to have to do is completely erase Game 6 from their minds, and go into Oracle Arena with the same mentality they had going into Game 1. The majority of the pressure now shifts to OKC as they had GS on their heels with a 3-1 advantage. Now it’s time to put up or shut up. Game 7 tips-off Monday at 9:00 ET PM.
Orlando Torres covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo