Warriors stave off elimination
Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd, as defending champions Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game Five of the Western Conference finals.
The MVP made a slick lay-up late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game Six tonight. Golden State trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.
"We ain't going home! We're not going home!" Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.
For all the speculation about the current state of Curry's beat-up body that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow he did it all.
"I thought he looked like 91 per cent," coach Steve Kerr cracked.
"He came out and played a really good game. That's all I can tell you. He's going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done."
Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.
"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."
Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for their fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.
The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.
"We have to take that game and travel," Curry said of keeping momentum.
Durant's three-pointer with 4:34 left got the Thunder within 103-98, then Curry answered with a three-point play.
Curry scored seven points in a 58-second stretch of the second quarter and hit more big shots late, but the Thunder didn't go away easily.