爱思英语编者按:西部决赛落下帷幕,勇士以96-88击败雷霆,总比分4-3晋级总决赛,并成为季后赛历史上第10支、西部决赛历史上第1支在1-3落后的情况下完成逆转的球队。 
 
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The Golden State Warriors entered the Western Conference Finals looking to reach a second-straight NBA Finals that would help cement their status as one of the greatest teams of all-time. After a 3-1 start for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 73-win juggernaut faced three-straight elimination games to keep their dream season alive. They will now enter a highly anticipated finals rematch with the East champion Cleveland Cavaliers having proven their ability to overcome adversity, defy extreme odds, and continue to win with the sort of three-point shooting that the sport has never seen before.
 
在进入西部决赛后,勇士希望再次晋级总决赛来巩固他们作为史上最伟大球队之一的历史地位。然而在前四场1-3落后俄克拉荷马雷霆队后,这支常规赛取得73胜的霸主面临着必须连赢三场才能晋级的绝境。现在,他们终于可以与东部克利夫兰骑士队再度会师备受期待的总决赛,这证明了他们绝境重生,藐视困难的能力,继续用前所未有的三分球打法来赢得比赛。
 
The Warriors followed their thrilling Game 6 win in Oklahoma City on Saturday night with another memorable victory at Oracle Arena on Monday, defeating the Thunder 96-88 to become back-to-back Western Conference champions for the first time in franchise history. Golden State struggled early to put up a postseason-low 42 points in the first half but dominated the third quarter 29-12 to take control. The Thunder made a valiant effort to get back into the game in the fourth quarter when the result looked decided, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were too good throughout. The Warriors are now the first team to go down 3-1 in the conference finals and come back to make the NBA Finals since the Boston Celtics in 1981.
 
继当地时间上周六晚在俄克拉荷马城赢下惊心动魄的第六场比赛后,今晚勇士又在甲骨文体育馆送上一场令人难忘的胜利,96-88击败雷霆,队史上首次背靠背拿下西部冠军。本场比赛勇士开局打的并不顺利,上半场只拿下42分,是季后赛以来的新低,但第三节他们29-12控制了比赛。第四节雷霆队在当比赛似乎要失去悬念的时候顽强抵抗,试图拖住比赛,但史蒂芬·库里和克雷·汤普森表现太好了。勇士也成为了自1981年波士顿凯尔特人队以来首支在东西部决赛中1-3落后然后逆转取胜的球队。
 
Curry (7-of-12) and Thompson (6-of-11) followed the latter’s record-setting 11 three-pointers in Game 6 with 13 of the Warriors’ 17 total three-pointers. The greatest outside-shooting duo in league history made several extremely tough jumpers and carried the Warriors through several weak offensive periods, keeping pressure on the Thunder when they could have taken control early. It was only fitting that Curry came through with the series-winning dagger, making this three-pointer in the final 30 seconds to give the Warriors an insurmountable lead:
 
库里本场三分球12中7,汤普森继上场投进11记三分创造记录后,本场三分球11中6,俩人总计投进了13记三分球,勇士队总共投进17记三分。这一对联盟历史上最伟大的外线投射二人组投中了许多非常艰难的投篮,帮助勇士度过了一些进攻低迷期,在雷霆本可以控制比赛的时候拖住了比赛。而库里的制胜一击来的恰如其分,在比赛还有30s的时候他命中一记三分,彻底杀死比赛悬念。
 
Their reward is a quick turnaround for Thursday’s NBA Finals Game 1 in Oakland. Cleveland will pose a different challenge for Golden State after gliding through three sub-contender opponents in the East, and the Warriors will not be able to rely on the successes of last year’s series now that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love figure to be fully healthy for this matchup. Regardless, the Warriors will enter the finals with the full confidence that they can overcome any challenge that an opponent throws their way.
 
周四晚上NBA总决赛首场比赛将在奥克兰打响,拿下西部冠军对勇士来说也是一个很好的转机。骑士在东部兵不血刃的淘汰掉三个对手后,将为勇士带来完全不一样的挑战,而在本轮系列赛中,勇士将不能依赖去年系列赛的成功去赢得总冠军,因为现在凯里·欧文和凯文·乐福满血回归。但不管怎么样,勇士都会以高昂的斗志走进总决赛,相信他们自己可以克服对手在他们卫冕道路上设置的任何困难。