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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Thunder giusban sa Warriors

NAGHUGPONG si Klay Thompson ug ang Most Va­luable Player nga si Stephen Curry sa pagduslit og rally sa fourth quarter aron ituboy ang defending champion Golden State Warriors ngadto sa 108-101 nga kadaugan batok sa Oklahoma City Thunder sa Game 6 sa Western Conference best-of-seven finals sa NBA.

Sa kadaugan, ang serya natabla na karon sa 3-3 ug magtiwas ang duha ugmang adlawa ug ning higayona adto na usab sa korte sa Warrios nga mao ang Oracle Center sa Oakland diin ang modaog maoy makakuha sa katungod sa pagpakigsangka sa nagpaabot nga Cleveland Cavaliers, ang Eastern Conference champion.

Si Thompson mipuga og 41 puntos nga maoy iyang playoff record lakip niini ang iyang 11 ka triples nga mao usab ang bag-ong record sa NBA playoff samtang si Curry midugang og 29 puntos, 10 rebounds ug siyam ka assists.

“I’m so proud of everybody,” matod ni Thompson. “We were down almost the whole game. We never gave up and our resiliency got us through. We kept our composure. We knew if we didn’t get it done we were going home. It was a great win.”

“This group has been very resilient,” paghulagway sa coach sa Thunder nga si Billy Donovan said. “They will bounce back quickly and go out and play.”

Nabiyaan 89-81 sa nahabi­ling nuebe minutos, ang Warriors mipahagsa og 27-12 nga rally, 19-5 sa katapusang siete minutos ug 12-2 sa nahabiling tres minutos aron hikawan ang Thunder nga otomatikong makaangkon og luna sa finals.

“This game was probably the hardest of our lives,” ingon ni Curry. “We felt like we had control of the game. We just needed a stop or two. They got some garbage, the ball bouncing their way. We felt like we could turn the game around, and we did.”

“We’ve got to keep it going at home. We’ve got a great opportunity.”

Si Kevin Durant mitali og 29, samtang si Russell Westbrook adunay 28 aron pangulohan ang Oklahoma City, apan namugnaw ang duha sa kulbahinam nga mga minutos sa panag-engkuwentro.

“We just didn’t help each o­ther enough in those situations,” dugang ni Donovan. “They made big plays coming down the stretch and coming down the stretch we got a little stagnant.”

Ang Warriors, kinsa mao karon ang naghupot sa pinakamaayong record sa regular season sa kasaysayan sa NBA, 73-9, ang wa gyud mobahar ug ilang gipakita ang kalidad sa usa ka champions.

“That’s just who they have been winning 73 games,” ingon ni Donovan.

Ang mga tres ni Thompson sa katapusang minutos maoy nahimong sentro sa atraksyon nga nakapakagin sa iyang mga kaatbang ug kauban, lakip na si Curry kinsa mao karon ang naghupot sa record sa NBA nga pinakadaghag tres sa usa ka season.

“It was unbelievable,” matod ni Curry. “He was taking shots in rhythm. That’s when he’s at his best. We needed every single one of them. We will again on Monday.”

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