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Warriors 108, Thunder 101

Warriors beat Thunder to force Game 7

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drove to the basket during the first half.TYLER SMITH/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Warriors108
Thunder101

OKLAHOMA CITY — Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Thunder on Saturday night.

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Warriors, who set the league’s regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

‘‘I just so proud of everybody, man,’’ Thompson said. ‘‘We were down almost the whole game and we never gave up.’’

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Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

‘‘About time we had a stretch in this building where we imposed our will,’’ Curry said.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder — but Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

The Warriors trailed much of the game and were behind by 8 going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson’s 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up, 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and, after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry’s layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by 5.

The Thunder led, 23-20, after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams’s powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

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Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Curry went 0 for 3 from the field and didn’t score in the first quarter.