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May 17, 2016
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This year's Western Conference Finals is expected to be a hard-fought series, as it pits two of the NBA's most loaded teams.

In the red corner, with history under its belt, are reigning champions the Golden State Warriors, led by unanimous MVP Stephen Curry.

And in the blue corner, back with a vengeance after missing the playoffs last season, is the Oklahoma City Thunder, featuring the league's best 1-2 punch, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Game 1 of this heated matchup finally happened on Tuesday, with odds against the Thunder due to the Warriors' homecourt advantage and the fact they were facing one of the best teams in NBA history. Still, Oklahoma City was able to steal one from Golden State at the Oracle Arena, 108-102, despite being down by a baker's dozen at halftime.

You'd be sure the Dubs will come out firing in Game 2 to tie the series, so don't be surprised if a Game 7 will be needed to determine which team advances to the Finals. 'Twas only the first game of this head-to-head that is primed to be one for the books, but we've already been gifted with highlights such as:


An MVP flex

Filipino translation: "Ano'ng height mo?!"


Right 'Block' at you!

This tug-of-war isn't just about Steph and Klay, or Kevin and Russ. Don't forget about the two teams' respective defensive anchors.


[Insert hard-to-spell adjective here]

We'll be seeing—and dropping our jaws to—more of this; so you better get used to it.

The Westbrook show

First half: 1-of-10 shooting aka Bad Westbrook
Second half: 19 points in the pivotal third quarter, 27 in total, including 12 assists and seven steals (his playoff high), aka Good Westbrook


When it mattered

Will people remember KD's five straight misses before he made this one? NO.


Another missed call?

We seriously can't have the NBA Replay Center—no matter how high-tech it is—do the job of in-game referees.


Cooking from half-court

Is it possible that Curry spent all of his ammunition during the earlier part of the game, resulting to his team's atrocious 1-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc in the final quarter? If so, he might want to rethink his pregame warm-up routine.

 

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