Defending champion Golden State Warriors finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 96-88 victory in Game 7 on Monday, May 30 (morning, May 31 in Manila) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, also reigning MVP, scored 36 points while Klay Thompson and Draymond Green garnered 21 and 11 points respectively, leading Golden State to a rematch in the NBA finals against the Eastern Conference playoffs champion, Cleveland Cavaliers.
Despite the Warriors’ record-breaking 73 regular-season victories, their berth to the NBA finals didn’t come easy having to claw back from a 3-1 deficit in the series.
"I knew we were ready for the moment," said Curry. "We were a mature basketball team that tried our best not to listen to the noise when we were down 3-1. In that locker room, the talk was positive."
The Warriors became the 10 team to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win the playoffs following the Houston Rockets in 2015.
But despite Curry’s outstanding performance on the hard court and all the shots from downtown he connected during the game, he couldn’t get any love from his 3-year-old daughter Riley.
Riley shied away from Curry’s kiss several times while being doted on TV.
The Warriors will face LeBron James and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers in an attempt to win their second straight NBA title.
The Cavaliers won the Eastern Conference title, defeating the Toronto Raptors in 6 games to book a return trip to the finals, where they will try to avenge their 6-game loss to the Dubs in last year's championship series.
"We survived by the skin of our teeth," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "We were able to pull it out, and we're moving on."
NBA Finals starts on ( morning, in Manila).