Saturday 24 February 2018 / 05:10 AM


Oklahoma City Thunder have sprung a major upset to kick off the Western Conference Finals, rolling Golden State Warriors 108-102 at the ORACLE Arena in Oakland.

The Thunder’s star duo Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook fired big time, rescuing the underdogs from a 13-point halftime deficit.

Durant scored 26 points and made a vital 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds remaining, while Westbrook went on a second-half blitz, scoring 24 of his 27 points after the main break.

“We just stayed with it on the defensive end and when we got the shots late in the game we were able to focus in and knock them down,” Durant said of the Thunder’s stirring fight-back. “We’re just a resilient group and keep fighting `til the end.”

Steph Curry had an off night by his standards for the Warriors with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting (including 6-for-14 from three), but he did pull off a trademark buzzer-beater three on halftime, and broke Reggie Miller’s all-time NBA record for most consecutive games making a three-pointer.

After a Game 1 home loss, the pressure goes on the Warriors to level the series in Oakland in the next clash, set down for Thursday morning (AEST).

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