Warriors stave off elimination
OAKLAND, California (AP):
Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 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 6 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.
Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the 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.