Thunder controlled the game early on

After having failed to close out the Warriors in the previous game where they were up 3 games to 1, the Thunder had the chance to close out the Warriors yet again in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on their home floor in OKC. For the most part, the Thunder managed to control the pace and tempo of the game, as the Warriors missed a lot of makable shots, and shots they usually make early on. Golden State was certainly out of sorts, as the Thunder beat them on the boards and got to the majority of loose balls.

That said, throughout the course of the game (even in moments when OKC clearly had the upper hand) the Warriors were never completely out of the running. The Thunder managed to increase their lead to double digits on several occasions, however, it was Klay Thompson's marksmanship from beyond the arc that kept his team in the game. Thompson single-handedly kept his team going on his way to setting an NBA Playoff record of 11 3-point field goals made.

Down to the wire

Thompson continued his impressive shooting streak into the second half, as, slowly but surely, it seemed as though the Thunder were beginning to unravel, as the stranglehold they once held on the series was suddenly evaporating and seemed to be no more.

Thompson held court for his Warriors long enough for fellow "Splash Brother" and MVP Stephen Curry to get it going, find his rhythm, and find the bottom of the cup. Ultimately, it was the relentless marksmanship from beyond the 3-point line, coupled with some costly turnovers late that caused the Thunder to lose what was essentially a winning game that they had in hand.

Everything on the line in Game 7

With Game 7 set to take place in Oakland's Oracle Arena, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that the situation for the Thunder looks rather dire.

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It's not necessarily impossible for them to come into Oracle and win a Game 7 on the road, but, they've certainly not made it easy on themselves. For the Warriors, this may be just business as usual. They've overcome deficits, injuries, and all manner of things this season and in these Playoffs to get to where they are now. All of this comes to a head in one final game for all the marbles, and the right to compete for an NBA Championship. One thing is for sure: neither team is going to give it up, and it will ultimately come down to who wants it more, and who takes it when everything is on the line.

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