The Golden State Warriors completed a remrkabale comeback at the Oracle Arena last night to take game seven of the Western Conference Finals and return to the NBA Finals at the expense of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Dubs secured an 88-96 win to complete their third win in a row. They had been 3-1 down in the series and after game four, it appeared as though key defensive catalyst Draymond Green might have served a suspension for an apparent punt to Steven Adams' groin.
However, the All-Star forward only suffered fine and an upgrade from a flagrant one to a flagrant two and he went on to record two double-doubles in the next two games and 11 points on top of nine rebounds in game seven.
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However, Stephen Curry was unsurprisingly the star of the show again. The reigning MVP poured in 36 points with seven three-pointers along the way, including the game-clinching bomb with mere seconds remaining.
Those seven efforts from deep saw Curry capture yet another NBA record. The point guard tallied 32 threes over the course of the seven-game series and that beats the previous best of 28 by Ray Allen and Dennis Scott.
His Splash Brother Klay Thompson also broke the record with his 30 three-point efforts to show the alarming potency of the Warriors backcourt once more. There's no doubt that where their sensational comeback spawned from, but coach Steve Kerr reserved special credit to the Dubs No. 30.
"This is who he is. Having a clutch performance in a Game 7, that's Steph Curry," Kerr said.
"We survived by the skin of our teeth," coach Steve Kerr said. "We were able to pull it out, and we're moving on."
Unfortunately for the OKC, they are not. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put up a valiant resistance with a combined 46 points and the latter stuffed the stat sheet once more with 11 assists and seven rebounds.
However, it could be argued that the high intensity, board domination that had been a signature of the Thunder's postseason alluded them when it really counted. They may have run out of steam, and that's understandable against a Warriors unit that can justifiably make a case for being the greatest team ever.
"They won a world championship last year, and they've broken an NBA record, and people are already talking about it before the playoffs started, this may be the greatest team to ever lace them up in the history of the NBA," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
Andre Iguodala replaced Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup for the decisive game-seven and it proved to be a stroke of genius from Kerr. Now the Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday; will Kerr unleash last years Finals MVP - Iguodala - on LeBron James?