The Warriors were able to push the series to Game 6 as Golden State finds way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in front of their home fans. Golden State defense inside the paint was the key on winning Game 5 as they held OKC for just 30 points.
In Game 5, the Splash Brothers were a combined 58 points but the biggest story is the contributions of Mo Speights and Andrew Bogut. Bogut who played foul-trouble in Game 4 scored 15 points along with his 14 rebounds while Speights chipped in with 14 points coming from the bench and was the answer of Steve Kerr to OKC’s Andre Roberson who played well in Game 4.
“We just did what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to win at home,” Curry said. “We know what we still have to do going forward. … We knew if we didn’t win we were going home. There’s no other motivation you need.”
OKC’s coach Billy Donovan who is known for experimenting his roster combination and this time around he injected Anthony Morrow in the lineup who scored 10 surprising points, however Morrow got benched again most of the second half action. Thunder’s Batman-to-Batman duo lead their squad with 71 points in a combined effort. Although the Warriors were able to lock the paint area for the Thunder, Serge Ibaka finds hole in the defense outside the arc where he launched three rainbow shots. Andre Roberson the surprising OKC player this 2016 NBA playoffs and the hero of Game 4 was only held to 6 points.
Game 6 will be played at OKC homecourt this coming Sunday (Philippine time).
Golden State Warriors (120): Curry 31, Thompson 27, Bogut 15, Speights 14, Green 11, Iguodala 8, Barnes 6, Livingston 6, Ezeli 2
Oklahoma City Thunder (111): Durant 40, Westbrook 31, Ibaka 13, Morrow 10, Adams 8, Roberson 6, Foye 2, Kanter 1,