Warriors Do What The Warriors Have Done All Season In Emphatic Game 6 Finish.
Oklahoma City had it in their hands on Saturday night, a home game to wrap up the Western Conference Finals against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. And through one half on OKC’s home floor, it seemed like the Thunder were on their way to face Cleveland.
But then Klay Thompson happened, the Golden State Warriors went back to their unbelievable shot making ways, and one thing lead to the next.
The second half was thrilling from end-to-end. Oklahoma City just trying to hang on for what felt like an eternity, with Golden State just nipping away at the scoreline. But all series, I think many expected and waited for Golden State to make their patented comebacks mid-way through the third. Down 83-75 going into the fourth, it seemed like the Warriors weren’t going to do that and were going to need everything to go their way. And it didn’t really go their way, but the result subsequently did.
What started at half-time as an adjustment by Kerr, switching Andre Iguodala in for Harrison Barnes and keeping Klay Thompson in for longer periods of time, turned into the difference maker in this game.
Once the adjustments had been made, Golden State played a much better defensive game, keeping Durant from making easy buckets and calming down Russell Westbrook on the transition game. The offense still didn’t get clicking for the Warriors until the end of the third and all of the fourth quarter, where Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry put on another peak performance in a clutch situation.
With just under seven minutes to go, the Warriors had really been given life, with the Thunder showing signs of careless mistakes and misses. Klay Thompson exploited the Thunder, igniting the dormant shooting displays of the Warriors previous games, making us forget about them all together. That’s when Curry came in off the bench to continue the barrage of three-pointers and really turn the game on Oklahoma City. A couple minutes from the final buzzer and the score was close, but it became apparent that no one was going to stop the Warriors on this night.
Reminiscent of the final regular season game between Golden State and Oklahoma City. The Warriors clawed their way back and created an unbelievable turn of events in the fourth quarter to seal yet another victory to their already historic season.
So in the Feb. game in OKC Steph tied reg. season game record for 3s and tonight Klay set playoff game record for threes there.
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 29, 2016
Where the previous five games made me think Golden State had turned into the Mike D’Antoni coached Phoenix Suns, this game immediately made me realize we were still watching a historical team with a knack for shooting the basketball better than any team, ever.
Warriors were No. 1 team in the clutch during regular season. Thunder were No. 20. Golden State won final 5 minutes by 19-5 margin.
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 29, 2016
Klay went on an incredible shooting run, in fact, one of the most impressive shooting performances we’ve ever seen in a playoff series. Validated by the fact that he hit an NBA playoff record 11 three-pointers in the game, pulling up from “Steph-range” and draining three-after-three.
There was a multitude of things that could’ve went better on both sides, but seeing Golden State actually putting together another one-of-these unthinkable, unbelievable, comebacks, was a thing of beauty.
My money from the PPV robbery that was the Pacquiao Mayweather fight is being pushed out in these free #NBAPlayoffs.
— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) May 29, 2016
Draymond Green‘s frustration from non-calls on Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka, and company were continuing, Curry’s shooting woes had continued, and Klay Thompson hadn’t shot well through the first half. And even with all that, the Warriors managed to grind out a win in Chesapeake Energy Arena forcing Oklahoma City to head to Oakland to face Dubnation in a pivotable Game 7.