Steven Adams stuns in game one of West Finals against Golden State
The Oklahoma City Thunder have stunned the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals, closing out a 106-102 win to steal home court advantage.
Kiwi Steven Adams continued his recent run of form, notching yet another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including two high pressure free throws and some key defensive plays in the dying stages of the game to help ice the win for the Thunder.
The first half began with the intensity expected of a game of such magnitude, both teams playing at a high pace as the Warriors guards looked to run the hefty OKC front-court ragged.
Kevin Durant took the lead for the Thunder with 15 points at the halftime interval as Russell Westbrook struggled with his shot, Kiwi Steven Adams contributing at both ends with six points and seven rebounds as his side trailed 60-47.
Westbrook emphatically broke out of his shooting slump in the third quarter with 19 points in the period, Curry combining with Klay Thompson to keep the Warriors' noses in front.
Durant nailed a three to tie the game on the first possession of the fourth quarter followed quickly by a Dion Waiters basket to give the Thunder their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
As the minutes waned both sides started to struggle with their shot, the Thunder bigs keeping the ball alive on the offensive glass and troubling the Warriors guards at the rim.
Adams then hit two pressure free throws with a minute remaining, Durant stepping up to sink a jumper and a nail into the Warriors coffin.
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