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Isaiah Thomas declares Klay Thompson "the best shooter in the world"

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The NBA Finals will head to a game six in Cleveland after the Cavaliers avoided elimination with a 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors last night.

The Dubs still hold a 3-2 advantage in the series, however, and have another opportunity to claim a second consecutive championship with a win at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

It will not be a daunting task for the defending champions as they can quite literally say they've been there and done that.

They also headed to Ohio with a 3-2 lead in the Finals last year and won the game to lift the trophy on their opponent's home floor, so it won't be a new experience at all.

The Warriors can point to the absence of their main defensive presence and emotional leader Draymond Green as one of the reasons for just their fourth loss at home all season.

On top of that, MVP Steph Curry - fresh off a 38-point performance in Cleveland in game four - put in a display reminiscent of the first three games of the series as his shot was off for most of the night.

Curry hit just 8-of-21 from the field and 5-of-14 from beyond the arc as he lacked his usual poise and accuracy from the three-point line. The same cannot be said for his Splash Brother, though.

2016 NBA Finals - Game Five

Klay Thompson led his team offensively and put on a clinic from downtown, particularly in the first half.

The two-time All-Star dropped 26 points in the opening period on 8-of-12 shooting and 6-of-8 from deep. He ended the contest with 37 points.

It was the third highest-scoring first half by a player in the NBA Finals in the last 20 years behind Ray Allen who scored 27 in 2010 and Allen Iverson who posted 30 in 2001.

Thompson's shooting masterclass sent social media into a frenzy and caught the attention of several players across the league; none more so than Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics.

He was so impressed with the shooting he witnessed from his fellow guard that he simply declared him the best shooter on the planet.

It's not an outrageous statement to make by any means, but there may be another individual in the Bay Area who will be inclined to disagree.

There's no doubt in anybody's mind that Curry and Thompson are the best shooters in the league and arguably the greatest of all-time, but the separate debate about which of the two is better certainly divides opinion.

The Oakland-based franchise are the big winners here, though, as they have the fortune of having them both on their roster.

They will hope that they are both firing on all cylinders come game six as they'll have to head back to Northeast Ohio and a hostile atmosphere at the Q in an attempt to put the Cavs to bed once and for all.

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