Bradley: We're going to fight no matter what

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Bradley: We're going to fight no matter what

The Celtics led the Nuggets comfortably for much of regulation. But when the fourth quarter rolled around, the Denver Nuggets tied things ups and it was back and forth from there.

There were times where it looked as if the C's were simply out of gas, but sure enough, somebody stepped up when needed most.

"We grinded this one out," Avery Bradley said after the team's 118-114 triple-OT win. "You can tell we didn't want to lose. We scrapped the whole game. You could tell we just wanted it."

That was apparent when Boston simply wouldn't go away even though they seemingly trailed for the entirety of each overtime until the very end. Whether it was Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green, or Jason Terry, guys did everything they could to keep their winning streak alive.

"I tell everybody every single game: Jason Terry can play defense," Bradley said. "I mean you see it every single night - makes big plays like that. But we played well as a team. Like you said, people were hitting big shots, playing great defense at the end of the game, big rebounds at the end of the game. Like I said, we were just fighting all night - everybody."

And it paid off. The Celtics hard-earned win should pay dividends now and down the line. This was their best win of the streak, a complete game against one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

"It gives us that confidence going into the next game," Bradley said. "We know our game plan. We know what we need to do to be successful; the way that we need to play. Getting these wins just lets us know that the way we've been playing, if we continue to play that way it's going to be hard to beat us."

And they're proving now that they can't be counted out.

"We're the team in the league right now that's going to fight no matter what," he continued. "KG always says it's bar fight. Every game is a bar fight for us, so that's how we play."

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.