OKLAHOMA CITY — Emotions boiled over between the Warriors and Thunder again on Monday night in Oklahoma City, leading to a shoving scrum, four technicals and a lengthy review. The sequence happened with 5.2 seconds left in the first half, giving the steaming sides plenty of time to simmer down in their respective locker rooms.

But before then, the Warriors had one more cold-blooded dagger to shove into the hearts of Thunder fans. After the scuffle, referees set up a jump-ball on OKC’s side of the court. Andre Iguodala tipped it toward the OKC bench, 80 feet from the Warriors hoop, where Klay Thompson chased it down with four seconds left and heaved a lob pass over his shoulder.

It landed in the hands of Stephen Curry, who turned and rainbow’d through a buzzer-beating 3, capping a dominant half (59-39) that highlighted a dominant win (111-95 final) to close out a dominant 4-0 season sweep of the Thunder.

As the ball swished through, Curry — who minutes earlier was at the center of the scrum, pushing both Semaj Christon and Russell Westbrook as others tried to separate — sensed the arena-wide distress he’d just created, posed for just a second and then sprinted right off the court as a shellshocked crowd was forced, again, to digest these Silicon Valley Warriors storming the nation’s heartland and terrorizing their home team.

That’s now seven straight wins for the Warriors over the Thunder, sandwiched by an earth-rattling theft of their rival’s biggest superstar. This one-sided NBA drama is bordering on cruel and unusual punishment.

Just 10 months back, the Thunder had the 73-win Warriors on the brink of extinction, up 3-1 in the West Finals and looking like the better team. But Golden State responded with wins in Game 5, 6 and 7 to steal away the conference …read more

Source:: East Bay – Sports

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