The Golden State Warriors won their first-ever NBA title Sunday, as they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-92 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
It’s the first championship game in the Warriors’ 11-year history.
The Warriors have won four NBA titles in a row.
The Warriors were up 16-13 with 8:15 left in the fourth quarter when Kevin Durant hit a jumper and a three-point play, then Westbrook took over.
He scored eight points and added seven assists and six rebounds for a career-high 32 points.
The Thunder scored the final six points of the game on Westbrook’s jumpers, a game-winning layup by Kendrick Perkins, a layup from Durant and a jumper by Russell Westbrook.
Oklahoma City led 95-93 when Durant hit an alley-oop layup with 2:14 remaining, and the Thunder rallied.
After the game, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he thinks Westbrook is one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
“Kevin is going to be the best player in the history of the league,” Brooks said.
“I’ve been in the league and I’ve seen Kevin play, and I can’t believe I’m telling you this.
I’ve watched him play a lot of games, and Kevin is going in there and he’s going to take the game to a whole new level.”
Russell Westbrook scored a career high 29 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds, while Kevin Durant added 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the Thunder’s 105-91 win over the Warriors.
The win kept the Warriors from dropping their sixth straight and extended their winning streak to eight games.
The team hasn’t lost at home since Feb. 9, 2013, against the Dallas Mavericks.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak by the Warriors, who had won five straight.
The last loss was in Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs.
Durant finished with 30 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost the first two meetings.
Oklahoma city had a chance to take a three game lead on Golden State after a 3-pointer by Westbrook with 7:03 remaining in the second quarter.
Durance was fouled by Westbrook and missed a 3 as time expired, giving the Thunder the lead for good.
Westbrook finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
The Thunder got to the free throw line just three times, but they couldn’t get the win.
The game was a major blow to the Warriors because they won the regular-season series by 15 points, their best record in seven seasons.
Golden State lost in five games in the playoffs in 2015.
The series was the second of three in a five-day span for the Warriors this season.
They face the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
The series wraps up Tuesday night.
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