Unanimous MVP Steph Curry has led the Golden State Warriors to back-to-back NBA Finals with another inspirational showing in Game 7, scoring 36 points in a 96-88 defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors’ Western Conference Finals crown capped a stunning turnaround, trailing the Thunder 3-1 after four games.
And OKC got off to a flyer, leading by five at the end of the first quarter and extending the advantage to as much as eight in the second quarter.
But Curry exploded after the main break, posting 24 second-half points and finishing 7-for-12 from behind the three-point arc.
Klay Thompson, fresh from his recording-breaking spree in Game 6, managed 6-for-11 from three-point range amongst 21 points for the game; he went just 7-for-19 from the field overall.
Kevin Durant tried his best to inspired the flagging Thunder, top-scoring with 27 points, but Russell Westbrook (19 points on 7-for-21 shooting) was unable to go with Curry when the MVP put the hammer down.
Golden State became just the third defending champion in playoff history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
The Warriors host Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday morning (AEST).
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 31, 2016