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Warriors win and avoid elimination against the Thunder

Warriors win and avoid elimination against the Thunder

The current league champions, the Golden State Warriors, avoided elimination from the Western Conference finals by having point guard Stephen Curry the leader who led them to a 120-111 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the series that dispute the best of seven.
Despite the loss, the Thunder have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, and Game 6 will be played next Saturday in Oklahoma City, where the Warriors lost the previous two (third and fourth).
The Warriors are trying to be the tenth team in NBA history that after being down 1-3 in the tie manages to come back.
Curry rediscovered his best basketball again and claimed the status of MVP award, which was also unanimously elected to the NBA Ideal Team.
Nobody but him was aware that without a brilliant performance from him the team was going to have a lot of problems avoiding elimination if they didn’t get the victory.
It wasn’t easy, but Curry, along with shooting guard Klay Thompson, were once again the “Splash Brothers” who combined for 58 points and, together with power forward Draymond Green, the role of tall men in the inside game, and the contribution of the reserves, they were superior to the Thunder, who had in forward Kevin Durant the leading scorer with 40 points.
Curry played complete basketball during the 37 minutes he was on the court at ORACLE Arena, where he made 9 of 20 field goals, including 3 of 8 three-pointers, and was perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, which allowed him to reach at 200 points in playoff competition, the fifth player in the franchise to do so.
He also captured seven rebounds, all defensive, distributed six assists, recovered five balls and lost another five without committing any staff.
Curry in the third period scored the basket that put him with 1,248 points and surpassed the legendary Wilt Chamberlain (1,246) as the second highest scorer in the playoff competition.
Thompson also shone on offense, scoring 27 points, including 2 of 9 from 3-point range, and shooting 9 of 10 from the free throw line.
While Green also made his status as a key player felt in the paint and in defensive work by again staying on the verge of a triple-double.
Green had 11 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, recovered one ball, lost two, and put up four blocks, which left him the leader in that facet of the game.
But if there was a decisive player inside the paint, it was the Australian center Andrew Bogut, annulled by the Thunder’s tall men in previous games, but this time he emerged with a monumental double-double of 15 points (7-9, 0-0, 1-2), 14 rebounds –10 were defensive–, distributed two assists, recovered two balls, lost another two, and made two blocks.
Also important in the Warriors’ victory were the reserves, center Marreese Speights, who scored 14 points in nine minutes of action by scoring 4 of 7 field goals, including a triple, and was perfect 5-5 from the line personnel, in addition to capturing two rebounds.
Shooting guard Andre Iguodala was also brilliant in the distribution of the game, getting eight assists that left him the leader in that aspect, and scored eight points, including a triple at the beginning of the fourth period that gave the Warriors a partial advantage of nine points that it would be decisive.
Although the Thunder never gave up and fought until the end in search of the comeback and the victory that would have put them in the second NBA Finals in their history with headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Durant with 4:34 to go until the end of the game scored a triple and made the partial 103-98, but Curry responded with a three-point play and regained control, as he did when he went into the break with a partial of 58-50.
The Thunder fought in the third and with a partial of 67-68 they had the first advantage of the night, but again they closed it with the advantage of 81-77 and at the beginning of the fourth Iguodala with a monumental triple increased the advantage to nine.
Together with Durant, who was perfect from the free throw line (13-13) and had seven rebounds, he led the Thunder’s attack, while point guard Russell Westbrook contributed 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, recovered five balls and lost others. seven.
Hispanic Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka became the third highest scorer by contributing 13 points (5-10, 3-5, 0-0), grabbed seven rebounds, including seven defensive ones and distributed three assists in the 40 minutes he played .

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