Instead, behind the precision shooting of Stephen Curry, the team became just the 10th in league history ever to erase a 3-1 playoff series deficit.
The NBA MVP for each of the past two seasons saved his finest performance in the Western Conference finals for Game 7, dominating during the second half to ensure a 96-88 victory over Oklahoma City Monday night.
Curry connected seven times from 3-point range — with five coming in the second half — as part of a 36 point, eight assist, five rebound effort as Golden State staved off elimination for the third consecutive game, advancing to face Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive season.
He even eliminated any chance of a Thunder comeback in the final seconds, draining a shot from 27-feet away with 27 seconds remaining, to cap one of the greatest comebacks in NBA playoff history.
All that remained for the Warriors on their next possession was a celebration at mid court, as Curry clutched the ball and staring into the crowd, relishing the opportunity to for a second championship ring.
As always, the seemingly effortless shot from beyond the arc proved to be too much for his opponent to handle.
Curry saved his best performance for the final 12 minutes, as he scored 15 fourth quarter points, including the final eight of the series for the Warriors.
Golden State was pushed to the brink of elimination, falling 118-94 to Oklahoma City in Game 4, as Curry turned in his worst performance of the post season.
The 28-year-old guard connected on just 2-of-10 shots from 3-point range, part of a 19 point effort that saw him turn the ball over more (six times) than he dished out assists (five).
The Thunder seemingly produced the formula that had eluded the rest of the league for the past two years, stifling Curry from beyond the arc, holding him to 37.2 percent shooting from 3-point range during the first four games and forcing him to commit 17 turnovers in the same period.
A dominant Game 5 performance, featuring 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals from Curry, kept the season alive and set up the heroics from Klay Thompson in Game 6.
Thompson set a post season record, as he buried 11 shots from 3-point range en route to a career playoff-high 41 points.
Golden State’s run towards a second-straight title has been propelled by the roster, outside of Curry, elevating their play.
Curry missed six games during the first two rounds of the post season as he battled knee and ankle injuries.
In his absence, the Warriors went 4-2.
Even as Thompson was flourishing in Game 6, it was Curry that put the game out of reach.
The three-time All-Star used a hesitation dribble to create a driving lane and his layup managed to avoid the outstretched arm of Serge Ibaka to kiss high of the glass and fall through the net.
The shot provided the Warriors some much needed breathing room, extending their advantage to five points with 14.3 seconds remaining in contest.
In a repeat performance, Curry beat the buzzer at halftime with another high arching layup off the glass, this time victimizing Ibaka and Kevin Durant.
Golden State erased an eight point deficit in the third quarter as Curry connected three times from 3-point range, helping the team carry an 11 point advantage into the final period.
Curry wouldn’t allow the Thunder to gain any momentum in the fourth quarter, scoring five consecutive points midway through the quarter preventing Oklahoma City from turning the contest into a one possession game.
Oklahoma City staged one last rally with less than 90 seconds remaining, but Curry lured Ibaka into fouling him as he squared up for a 3-point range, proving his offense is the best way to keep his opponents at bay.
Following a Game 5 defeat, Russell Westbrook laughed at the notion of Curry being an underrated defender.
Only now, Curry and the Warriors are continuing their title defense, with one less challenger remaining.