The Golden State Warriors are still in this Western Conference Finals. Don't count them out just yet.
The Warriors got the win last night and pulled a game back in the series, making it 3-2, with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder in Oakland, California. The defending NBA Champions may be up against the ropes, but they're not going to give up without a fight, that's for sure.
Led by an excellent Stephen Curry - who was pumping up a raucous Golden State from the very first whistle to the last - the Warriors looked something like their old selves in what was a close yet decisive win over Oklahoma City.
Curry didn't look like he was anything below 100% at the Oracle Arena as he finished the night with 31 points from 9-of-20 shooting from the field, to go along with seven rebounds and six assists on a night where he could've played "hero ball" but chose not too.
The reigning Most Valuable Player was ably backed up by the rest of his starting five, as Klay Thompson added 27 points while Andrew Bogut ended the night with 15 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in under 30 minutes of action.
After struggling terribly in games three and four - going a combined minus-73 in the encounters - Draymond Green finally got things going again. The talismanic enigma finished the game with 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for a plus-two performance. Steve Kerr praised him after the game.
“I thought he played really well. He settled himself down and showed great poise and energy,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He just had that brief two- or three-minute spell where he got a little out of sorts, but he recovered well.”
The spell Kerr was talking about saw Green pick up his fifth technical of the postseason as the All-NBA second teamer reacted furiously after being adjudged to have fouled Kevin Durant as the Thunder star was attempting a three-pointer.
Speaking of Durant, the OKC star was phenomenal for the Thunder, finishing with 40 points on a night where he probably should've had more. Russell Westbrook was balling out in his own right as well, totalling 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals. Unfortunately for the star duo, they didn't get much help from the rest of the OKC rotation.
Speaking after the game, Curry seemed very pleased with the Warriors performance and motivated to keep on winning.
"We just did what we're supposed to do. We're supposed to win at home," Curry said. "We know what we still have to do going forward. ... We knew if we didn't win we were going home. There's no other motivation you need."
"We really relied on the entire team tonight, which is when we're at our best," Curry said.