Golden State said it wasn’t over yet, and it’s not.
The Warriors took Game 5 at home with a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The reigning MVP, Steph Curry, was unstoppable, shooting like he was looking for revenge to finish the game with 31 points. And his mainstay Klay Thompson was on the same level, ending with 27 points.
The Warriors won the tip and took an early 3-0 lead with corner three from Harrison Barnes. But Westbrook answered back with a three of his own to even the score.
Midway through the first quarter, Golden State took a 17-10 lead after taking advantage of the Thunder's missed offensive opportunities and loose defense.
At this point, OKC couldn’t get much of anything to fall and the Warriors were drawing fouls and owning the perimeter.
By the end of the first, the Thunder cut its deficit 25-21 and Kevin Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot just 4-18 from the field.
If the Thunder was going to close out the series, they weren’t going to do it with shaky shooting.
Golden State opened the second with a few surprising buckets from Mo Speights to elevate its advantage, but the Thunder began to chip it away, eventually trailing by just a few.
That was until Steph did Steph things and took over to give the Warriors a 47-39 cushion with 5:23 before the half.
By the 1:17 mark, the Splash Brothers were heating up. A three-pointer from Thompson helped increase Golden State’s lead 56-48.
The Warriors soon went on to carry a 58-50 lead into halftime.
- Thompson led all scorers with 16 points. Curry added 11.
- Good spacing and ball movement
- Shooting 51 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from long distance
- Andrew Bogut ended the half with 10 points and eight rebounds, both scoring and rebounding highs for a single game this series
- Durant wrapped the half with 15 points and Westbrook finished with 13.
- Shooting just 41 percent from the field, but 50 percent from three-point range
- Need to limit fouls and turnovers
- Need to make Curry and Thompson drive/limit their range like they did in Game 4
- More aggressive defense
Serge Ibaka opened the second half with one from behind the arc to get the Thunder rolling.
Durant cut the Warriors’ lead to just three with a four-point play after getting fouled by Draymond Green from deep. Another long-range jumper from Ibaka made it a one-point game (60-59).
The Thunder was playing with high-intensity in attempts to finish off the Warriors.
With 6:39 before the final quarter, the game started to look like the battle of the dynamic duos with Durant and Westbrook, Curry and Thompson going head-to-head.
By the beginning of the fourth, Golden State held a 91-79 advantage and OKC looked like it would definitely play host to Game 6.
With just over a minute on the clock, Curry was playing to end with a W with 25 points, six assists and seven rebounds.
The Thunder battled back tough with great performances from Durant (40 points) and Westbrook (31 points) but couldn’t comeback from an early deficit, falling 120-111 at the buzzer.
Game 6 is set for Saturday at 8 p.m. in OKC.