By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd, and the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The MVP made a snazzy layup late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday night. Golden State trails 3-2 and is trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

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“We’re not going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.

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Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Thunder.

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