Series ties at 3-3.
Klay Thompson leads the Golden State Warriors in a fourth-quarter charge to stave off elimination at the hands of Oklahoma City Thunders and force game seven at the Western Conference.
In the latest visit to OKC, the Warriors were lagging by nine points at the end of Q3, and reigning MVP Stephen Curry hardly looked inspiring despite a decent bagging of points. So his sidekick stepped up, and for the first time this season, Klay Thompson outshines his team’s unquestioned ace.
Stubbornly refusing to let his team’s season end prematurely, Thompson shot relentlessly until things finally looked hopeful for the Warriors. His fighting spirit seemingly roused Curry’s own, turning him Curry once more. The ace hits two smooth, confident 3 pointers in the final five minutes, the kind he used to make before the Thunder began knocking him around the court.
“Nobody wanted to [go home],” Thompson said after the game, his performance having silenced a roaring crowd in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Arena.
As game six wraps up, OKC will be vary as they pack their bags to visit the Oracle arena in their final bout with the Warriors, where the hosts will be heavily favoured to earn their second consecutive finals appearance.
Cavaliers take the series 4-2.
On the other end, the Cleveland Cavaliers cuts the Toronto Raptors’ magical season short and win the Eastern Conference series by 4-2, earning their second consecutive appearance in the NBA finals.
LeBron James was unstoppable against NBA’s perpetual underdog team – a team that had just earned their best season in franchise history. It was not as much as a demolition as game five (116-78), but a stroll nonetheless.
James shrugged off persistent boos from rowdy Canadian fans to lead the Cavaliers scorers with 33 points, including going 3-6 from three-point range and shooting 59.1% from the field.
It will be his sixth straight NBA finals, and it does not appear that LeBron will be running out of gas soon. On the other hand, despite how things are for them right now, the Raptors’ could at least shed off their underdog label.