Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and defending champion Golden State forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a victory over host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
The Warriors, who set the league’s regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
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.
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.
Raptors’ DeRozan happy
For a guy about to hit free agency for the first time, DeMar DeRozan doesn’t sound as if he’s looking for a change of scenery.
A day after the deepest playoff run in Toronto Raptors history ended in a Game 6 loss that sent LeBron James and Cleveland to the NBA Finals, DeRozan spoke glowingly about the growth he’s witnessed with the only NBA team he’s played for.
DeRozan averaged a career-best 23.5 points in his seventh season with the Raptors. He’s expected to decline the player option on the final season of his four-year, $38 million contract and become a free agent.
The two-time All-Star talked up Toronto as his preferred destination.
“My mindset has always been Toronto,” DeRozan said as Raptors players gathered Saturday for exit interviews. “I’ve always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing. When we were terrible I’d say, ‘I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings the organization to where it is now.’ I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win.”
After going 22-60 five years ago, the Raptors won a franchise-record 56 games this season and have captured three straight Atlantic Division titles. They boast a brand new practice facility and hosted their first All-Star game this season.
That isn’t all Toronto offers — the Raptors can give DeRozan more money and more years than any other team.
Still, DeRozan talked about loyalty, and said he likes the idea of spending his whole career with one organization.
“I think that’s the most incredible thing you can do,” he said. “That’s awesome.”
Pelicans guard killed
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.
A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man got a handgun and fired.
Officers who responded found Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway. He later died at a hospital. He was 23.
It is legal in Texas for someone to use deadly force in order to protect themselves from intruders.
In Dejean-Jones’ only NBA season, which ended in February because of a broken right wrist, the 6-foot-6 guard started 11-of-14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Ownership stake concern
The roughly 20 percent ownership stake in the Oklahoma City Thunder held by the late Aubrey McClendon has become a concern of his estate’s creditors.
The Oklahoman reports that transcripts of a probate court hearing say McClendon’s widow, Kathleen McClendon, wants to buy the stake that’s worth an estimated $190 million.
Arthur Hoge, an attorney for Wilmington Trust, said it’s a concern that ownership shares could be sold to a family member for less than it would receive on the open market. Hoge said the estate owes the trust $465 million and has only $3 million available in cash.
Estate attorney Martin Stringer said the Thunder interest is not for sale.