With their season on the line in Game 5 Thursday night, the defending champion Golden State Warriors survived and forced a Game 6 back in OKC with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder.

Stephen Curry led the way for the Dubs with a team-high 31 points, helping to hold off Kevin Durant (40 points) and Russell Westbrook (31 points).

Klay Thompson added 27 points and Golden State received a desperately-needed boost from center Andrew Bogut—the 7-footer delivered with a playoff career-high 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Per the AP:

“We just did what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to win at home,” Curry said. “We know what we still have to do going forward. … We knew if we didn’t win we were going home. There’s no other motivation you need.”

 

For all the speculation about the current state of Curry’s beat-up body — that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow — he did it all. […] “I thought he looked like 91 percent,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”

 

Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle. […] The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.