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Warriors complete unlikely comeback; Finals rematch with Cavs awaits

The Splash Brothers strike again.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 13-of-23 from the 3-point line in leading the Golden State Warriors to a 96-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday.

With the win, the Warriors become just the 10th team in NBA history to climb back from a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series. They now move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals.

The Thunder trailed by just four points late in the fourth quarter before a Serge Ibaka foul during a Curry 3-point attempt with 1:17 remaining pushed Oklahoma City onto the ropes. Following three free throws, Curry promptly put the Thunder away two plays later, dribbling circles around the OKC defense before burying his seventh triple of the night.

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Oklahoma City led by double figures for much of the first half, taking a 48-42 led into intermission.

But Golden State countered in the third, outscoring the Oklahoma City 29-12 in the frame, turning defensive stops into transition 3-point bombs. Triples from Curry, Thompson, and Andre Iguodala helped thrust the Warriors into a lead for which they would not relinquish.

Curry, the first unanimous choice MVP in league history, finished with 36 points (13-24), five rebounds and eight assists in the win.

One game after setting an NBA playoff record by connecting on 11 3-pointers, Klay Thompson missed his first seven shots on Monday before rebounding by scoring 21 points and hitting six 3-pointers.

Tom Izzo protege Draymond Green chipped in 11 points, including a key fourth quarter 3-pointer, to complement his nine rebounds and four assists.

The Thunder were paced by Kevin Durant, who finished with 27 points. Russell Westbrook shot just 7-of-21 in his season finale, scoring 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and delivering 13 assists.

Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals will tip off on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET in Oakland.

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