Becoming just the tenth team in NBA history to complete a comeback from a 3-1 Playoff series hole, the Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to the Finals for a second year in a row Monday night with a 96-88 win in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the OKC Thunder.

League MVP Stephen Curry led the way for the defending champs with 36 points, featuring multiple fourth quarter daggers.

A rematch of last year’s championship round between Cleveland and Golden State tips off Thursday night in Oakland.

Per the AP:

“You appreciate how tough it is to get back here,” Curry said. “You’ve got to be appreciative of this accomplishment, and look forward to getting four more wins.”

 

The MVP scored 36 points with seven 3-pointers to finish with an NBA-record 32 in a seven-game series, and also had eight assists. (Klay) Thompson added 21 points and six 3s, two days after his record 11 3-pointers led a Game 6 comeback that sent the series home to raucous Oracle Arena for one more.

 

The Warriors became the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit and win a postseason series. They return to the NBA Finals for a rematch with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost the 2015 title in six games as Golden State captured its first championship in 40 years. […] “We survived by the skin of our teeth,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We were able to pull it out, and we’re moving on.”