Oklahoma City (3-3) at Golden State (3-3)
When: Monday, May 30th 2016
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Time: 9:05 ET | TV: TNT
The Golden State Warriors will try and complete their comeback in the Western Conference Finals when they host Game 7 Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors got a tough win at home in Game 5 then turned to their star guards in the fourth quarter of Game 6 to force the deciding game. Klay Thompson buried an NBA playoff-record 11 3-pointers in the 108-101 win on Saturday night while Steph Curry delivered 31 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Golden State outscored the Thunder 63-9 from 3-point range led by Thompson, who buried a flat-footed 3-pointer from over 28 feet away at the top of the key and nailed another in transition to provide the go-ahead bucket in the late-game surge. Thompson’s 41 points were a playoff career high and the most scored by a Warriors player this postseason. Draymond Green has recorded back-to-back double-doubles after struggling mightily in Games 3 and 4.
The Thunder held a seven-point lead with five minutes left on Sunday but were outscored 19-5 the rest of the way and committed six turnovers in that span. “I felt like we didn’t do a great job coming down the stretch,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan told reporters. “We got a little stagnant coming down the stretch. Defensively, we were a little bit late, but they made some tough shots and made some plays.” Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 57 points but went 1-of-13 from 3-point range in the loss and 3-of-14 from the field in the fourth quarter. Andre Roberson went 5-of-5 from the field in Game 6 and is shooting 61.5% this series. “We know exactly what they do, they know exactly what we do,” Kevin Durant told reporters. “It’s just a matter of who wants it more. Both teams went out there and played extremely hard (in Game 6). They made more shots than we did, especially from the three. That’s the name of the game.”
Oklahoma City is going to look back at the last two games especially Game 6 and regret not putting this Warriors team away. Golden State has all the momentum now. The Thunder will keep this close, but in the fourth quarter, the Warriors will prevail and face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second year in a row.
Pick: Thunder +7