It looked like a great night for the Houston Rockets as they had a 39-22 lead over the Golden State Warriors, but then it all fell apart. That run should be discouraging to Houston not just because of the numbers but because of how Golden State accomplished them - Stephen Curry catching fire, Klay Thompson going off, stout defense, improved ball movement.
Klay Thompson showed up to Game 6 with a ruthless mentality, pacing the Golden State Warriors with 35 points on 12-of-23 shooting from the field and 9-of-14 shooting from behind the arc.
The Golden State Warriors dominated the rest of the way to stretch the series to the limit.
You better believe Twitter had a lot to say about the night's action. Their Eastern Conference final is also tied at 3-3 with the decider played on Sunday.
The Warriors win forces a seventh and final game of the series at Toyota Center Monday. The outcome will come down to the health of Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala and which team is able to execute their game plan, make the tiny adjustments, catch a little luck and make their shots. We know what we have to do. I remember one time actually losing a game against the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform I was so mad. We're still confident. We're a confident group.
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ AP Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry slices between Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and James Harden
Somehow, Steve Kerr found out during his media session. It has only happened nine times in the last decade and this is the first season since 1979 that both conference finals have gone to game seven. "He's just been haunted by these types of injuries in his career, and it's a shame", Kerr said. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game.
Paul was unable to return to the defensive end after the miss, giving the Warriors a five-on-four power play with a chance to go ahead. They went on to win Game 7 before falling to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals. Durant is the second best basketball player in the world, but the Warriors have won a ring without him, and if they don't reach the Finals this season everyone will get some blame, but no one will garner as much attention or discussion as Durant.
Costly turnovers and wildly missed jump shots doomed the Houston Rockets.
Thompson's second-half outburst - reminiscent of his landscape-changing Game 6 showing against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals two years ago - lifted the Warriors to a 115-86 victory Saturday, giving the league two Game 7s this holiday weekend.
For Houston, point guard James Harden led their scoring with 32 points, as well as nine assists and seven rebounds.
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