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Thunder rallies, stuns Warriors

Stephen Curry and Golden State are upset by the Thunder 108-102 after leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.

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Stephen Curry and Golden State are upset by the Thunder 108-102 after leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant had 26 points and hit a key 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds left, and the Thunder beat the Warriors 108-102 on Golden State's home floor in Game 1 of the Western Conference final Monday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 24 of his 27 in the second half for Oklahoma City, which trailed 60-47 at halftime. Westbrook also had 12 assists and seven steals.

Steven Adams made two free throws for the Thunder with 1:01 left, and Klay Thompson missed a reverse lay-in moments later for Golden State.

MVP Stephen Curry had 26 points and a playoff career-high 10 rebounds, but the Warriors missed too many shots down the stretch and lost their first game at Oracle Arena this postseason.

With his team down 105-102, Steve Kerr begged for a traveling call on Westbrook at midcourt with 17.2 seconds left, the NBA coach of the year signaling with his arms before going into a squat. Oklahoma City got a timeout instead. Westbrook hit one free throw to give the Thunder a 106-102 lead with 15.4 seconds left.

Adams added 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Thunder held a 52-44 rebounding advantage.

Thunder 108, Warriors 102

OKLAHOMA CITY (108): Durant 10-30 5-7 26, Ibaka 5-11 0-0 11, Adams 5-8 6-9 16, Westbrook 7-21 11-14 27, Roberson 3-3 0-0 7, Kanter 4-8 0-0 8, Foye 1-2 0-0 3, Waiters 4-6 0-2 10. Totals 39-89 22-32 108.

GOLDEN STATE (102): Barnes 5-8 0-0 12, Green 9-20 5-9 23, Bogut 0-0 0-0 0, Curry 9-22 2-2 26, Thompson 11-25 0-0 25, Iguodala 2-4 2-2 6, Speights 0-1 1-2 1, Ezeli 1-2 1-2 3, Livingston 2-7 0-0 4, Barbosa 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-91 11-17 102.

Oklahoma City 21 26 38 23— 108

Golden State 27 33 28 14— 102

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-17 (Waiters 2-2, Westbrook 2-4, Roberson 1-1, Foye 1-2, Ibaka 1-3, Durant 1-4, Kanter 0-1), Golden State 11-30 (Curry 6-14, Thompson 3-8, Barnes 2-4, Green 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 52 (Adams 12), Golden State 44 (Curry 10). AssistsOklahoma City 22 (Westbrook 12), Golden State 26 (Curry 7). Total FoulsOklahoma City 15, Golden State 22. A19,596 (19,596).

PACERS PROMOTE MCMILLAN: Larry Bird found the Pacers' new voice on his own bench. Now Nate McMillan must show his old-school style will resonate with today's young players.

Bird promoted McMillan, 51, to head coach, hoping he will change the locker room culture. The decision ends the search for Frank Vogel's replacement after less than two weeks.

"We will respect the game," McMillan said during a news conference. "What I mean by respect the game is that you mentally and physically have to prepare yourself to go out and play hard every single night."

TOWNS TOP ROOKIE: Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was a unanimous pick for NBA rookie of the year. The top pick in the 2015 draft averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

DRAFT LOTTERY: The 76ers have the best chance to win tonight's draft lottery and could walk away with two top-four picks. Philadelphia has the right to swap picks with the Kings from a trade involving Nik Stauskas, giving it a 26.9 percent chance for the top pick. If the Lakers don't remain in the top three, their selection would also go to the 76ers. The lottery will air on ESPN at 8 p.m.

OBITUARY: Jim McMillian, who helped the Lakers to a 33-game winning streak and the 1972 NBA championship, died Monday from complications of heart failure at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 68.

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