The Oklahoma City Thunder were 12 minutes away from returning to the NBA Finals. They were up by eight entering the fourth quarter of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and things were looking good. Russell Westbrook was nearing a triple double. Kevin Durant was firing on all cylinders. The team was jelling, and they were close to doing what had once seemed impossible: knocking off the best team in NBA regular season history.
Then, Klay Thompson had perhaps the most important quarter of his NBA career.
Thompson hit five threes in the fourth quarter alone on his way to an NBA playoff record 11 for the game and 41 points in total, willing the Golden State Warriors back into the game and then keeping them there. Then Curry, who has struggled throughout the series against the long-armed Thunder, found something that looked a lot like his confidence, knocking down two critical threes, one to bring them within one with just under four minute to go.
Then another just over a minute later to tie it, 99-99.
Then, with just 1:35 to go, Thompson hit his final three, putting the Warriors up for the first time in the fourth. They would never trail again.
Durant ended the game the game with 29 points and and 7 rebounds. Westbrook pulled together 28 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. But in what felt like something of a miracle, the 73-9 Warriors held on and won, 108-101. Both teams head to Oakland for a Game 7 on Monday. And in truth, there are really only two ways to feel, best displayed by the below tweet and GIF.