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Curry, Warriors win, force Game 6

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 31, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State's raucous crowd, and the Warriors held off the Thunder 120-111 Thursday night to stay alive in the Western Conference final.

Game 6 is Saturday in Oklahoma City. "It's going to be fun,'' Curry said.

Curry shot 9-for-20 and made all 10 free throws.

Kevin Durant scored 40 for the Thunder, shooting 12-for-31 and making all 13 free throws.

"We did what we're supposed to do,'' Curry said. "At the start of the fourth quarter we opened it up a little bit.''

The Warriors, after two straight losses, finally got off to a good start, taking a 58-50 halftime lead.

RAPTORS NEED HOME MAGIC: To keep their season alive, the Raptors are counting on a homecourt advantage that saved them before.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers moved within one win of their second straight NBA Finals on Wednesday night by routing Toronto 116-78 in Game 5, the fourth lopsided game in a series where both teams have struggled mightily on the road.

Tonight the Raptors are back home at Air Canada Centre, where the Cavs are 0-4 this season and lost Games 3 and 4 in this series.

After going 32-9 at home during the regular season, Toronto is 8-2 on its floor in the playoffs.

"We've got to play the same way we played the two home games we've had so far," Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. "That's all we can do."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Curry headed the All-NBA first team, the only player named on all 129 ballots in voting by a panel of writers and broadcasters. The rest of the first team: James, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The second team: Durant, Warriors forward Draymond Green, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, Clippers guard Chris Paul and Blazers guard Damian Lillard. The third team: Pacers forward Paul George, Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Pistons center Andre Drummond, Warriors guard Klay Thompson and Lowry. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis lost about $24 million he would have received if he had been named to any of the teams. … The Rockets and 76ers assistant Mike D'Antoni agreed to a four-year deal as coach, according to reports. D'Antoni, 65, has coached the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks and Lakers.

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