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Warriors edge Thunder in Oklahoma

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

Golden State Warriors have forced the NBA's Western Conference play-off series into a decisive seventh match after edging Steven Adams's Oklahoma City Thunder 108-101.

Oklahoma led for most of game six, and looked in control going into the last five minutes.

But the Warriors' uncanny accuracy from the three-point line proved key in setting them up for the win which levelled the best-of-seven series at three apiece.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson was unstoppable from beyond the paint, sinking a record-breaking 11 from 18 in his game-high 41 points while league MVP Stephen Curry contributed another double-double with 10 rebounds, nine assists and 29 points, including six three-pointers.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder charge with 29 points, with star guard Russell Westbrook fractionally behind on 28, also adding nine rebounds and 11 assists.

Adams recorded a touch over 28 minutes court time, shooting three from six from the field in his nine points and picking up nine rebounds.

The big Kiwi centre had a more subdued match after again picking up two early fouls, and spent much of the first quarter on the bench as the Thunder edged out to a narrow 23-20 lead at the first break.

Adams returned to the fray five minutes into the second stanza, and gained some measure of revenge over Draymond Green as halftime neared with a one-handed slam over the top of the groin-kicking Warriors forward.

Green landed low blows on Adams in the second and third play-off matches, escaping an NBA suspension in game three but copping a $US25,000 ($NZ37,327) fine.

Oklahoma led 53-48 at halftime and 83-75 at the three-quarter mark, but lost traction in the closing stages after the Warriors levelled the scores 99-99 with a shade under three minutes remaining.

The Thunder now travel to Oakland for the deciding match at the Golden State Warriors' Oracle Arena on Tuesday (NZT).

The winner of that game will play LeBron James's Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals after they wrapped up the Eastern Conference title 4-2 in crushing the Toronto Raptors 113-87 two days ago.

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