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Bernie Sanders Takes in Warriors Game in Search of California Comeback

Hillary Clinton hurries to counter Bernie Sanders in California 2:16

Seeking a great California comeback of his own, Sen. Bernie Sanders attended the dramatic finish of the NBA Western Conference Finals Monday night.

The Democratic presidential hopeful took in the game — which saw the Golden State Warriors complete a stunning turnaround to advance to the NBA Finals — with campaign supporter and actor Danny Glover.

A campaign spokesman playfully likened the Warriors improbable win against the Oklahoma City Thunder to Sanders' own uphill campaign battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"You know the Golden State Warriors were down three games to one in what many experts said was a [longshot] for them to win. Now they're on the verge of a major comeback in California," the spokesman said.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, has his photo taken with fans during the second half of Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference finals Monday, May 30, 2016. Ben Margot / AP

Sanders has been campaigning hard across California ahead of the state's June 7 primary, in the hopes that a strong finish could upend the Democratic presidential race or give him leverage at the party's convention in Philadelphia this summer.

He saw a bit of excitement ahead of the basketball game: Animal-rights protesters jumped the barricades and rushed the podium at his campaign event earlier in the day.

The Secret Service jumped into action and at least one protester was carried out.

"We don't get intimidated easily," Sanders told the crowd after the incident unfolded.

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