Warriors Take Game 7
The Golden State Warriors completed their comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder to get back to the NBA Finals, setting up a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephen Curry and the Warriors came back from another double-digit deficit to win 96-88.
"We survived by the skin of our teeth," coach Steve Kerr said. "We were able to pull it out, and we're moving on."
Stephen Curry led the way with 36 points, including seven three-pointers that proved to be the difference in the outcome.
"This is who he is. Having a clutch performance in a Game 7, that's Steph Curry," Kerr said.
"You appreciate how tough it is to get back here," Curry said. "That's the one thing I've learned. You can't take anything for granted because it's such a grind, it's such a battle against a great Thunder team that pushed us to the brink. So you've got to be appreciative of this accomplishment. And I look forward to getting four more wins."
Kevin Durant scored 27 points in the loss; he only had 12 shot attempts heading into the fourth quarter. He now has an average of 36.0 PPG in his two career Game 7s, which is the highest of any player to appear in multiple Game 7s.
"It hurts losing, especially being up three games to one," Durant said.
The Warriors are now 4-4 all-time in game 7's; 3-1 at home.
"They won a world championship last year, and they've broken an NBA record, and people are already talking about it before the playoffs started, this may be the greatest team to ever lace them up in the history of the NBA," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
The Warriors now have a chance at back-to-back titles and to cap off their historic season with a championship. Game 1 of the Finals will take place on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
"You appreciate how tough it is to get back here," Curry said. "You've got to be appreciative of this accomplishment, and look forward to getting four more wins."