Thompson and Curry save Warriors, extend stirring series, and give NBA dual Game 7s

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry looked exhausted. After using scarcely a mile and a half on invulnerability in a Golden State Warriors’ 115-86 win over a Houston Rockets in Game 6 of a Western Conference finals Saturday night, there wasn’t many left in a tank as he walked to his locker after a game.

Curry grabbed a chocolate protein shake, downed a whole box in one swig, afterwards tossed it maladroit into a circuitously rabble can. Like a 12 shots he done in this rejecting game, it was a ideal swish.

“I schooled that from LeBron [James],” Curry joked. “I saw him on a sidelines celebration a bottle of H2O and he downed it in one sip.”

Splash Brothers outscore a Rockets in second half, force Game 7

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry sum for 11 3-pointers for a Warriors in a second half of Game 6 to spin a double-digit necessity into a blowout victory.

  • Klay-day: Warriors star evokes Game 6 heroics

    Klay Thompson strike 9 3-pointers to lead a Warriors to feat in a must-win Game 6 opposite a Rockets, a opening that manager Steve Kerr described as “fantastic.”

  • Rockets ‘still confident’ notwithstanding CP3 uncertainty

    James Harden and Gerald Green were among those who emphasized a Rockets’ certainty streamer into a wilful Game 7 on their home court, even as star indicate ensure Chris Paul’s standing stays in doubt given of a hamstring strain.

  • Like James on Friday night, Curry and his associate Splash Brother Klay Thompson seemed to find additional appetite with their teams confronting rejecting and everybody else sleepy after what has been an epic defensive array for both teams.

    Curry poured in 29 points on 12-for-23 shooting, and Thompson reprised his Game 6 heroics from dual years ago opposite Oklahoma City by scoring a game-high 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting. The Warriors rallied behind opposite a Rockets group that led by 17 points during a finish of a initial quarter.

    “Just pristine adrenaline right now,” Curry said.

    Curry finished adult using 1.44 miles on defense, a outcome of a Warriors stability to switch on roughly any pick-and-roll defensively, and a Rockets using by pick-and-rolls until they could get MVP front-runner James Harden matched onto Curry. According to Second Spectrum, that’s a entertain mile some-more than any other Warriors defender and a many he has run in any diversion all season.

    “You can get sleepy a small bit here and there during a game, though there’s no forgive for not appreciating a moment,” Curry said. “I looked over during [Rockets forward] Trevor Ariza in a center of a fourth entertain and we usually both pronounced to any other, ‘This is fun; this is what we adore about NBA basketball.’ If we can’t pull by for 48 mins in this form of environment, we don’t adore a game.”

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    Steph Curry talks about how a Warriors were means to spin things around in a second half and how they devise to proceed Game 7.

    Indeed, after a Warriors rallied behind to win Saturday night, a NBA will be treated to Game 7s in both discussion finals for a initial time given 1979, when a Washington Bullets kick a San Antonio Spurs and a Seattle SuperSonics kick a Phoenix Suns. This time, James and a Cleveland Cavaliers will play a Boston Celtics on Sunday night, and a Warriors will transport to Houston for Game 7 on Monday night.

    “I mean, if we asked us when we were in a Bahamas this summer, this group together [would have] a Game 7 to go to a Finals opposite a Warriors, we’ll take that,” pronounced Harden, who finished with 32 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in 40 minutes.

    “There’s no pressure. It’s an opportunity, an event that we’re all vehement to be a partial of. Game 7 during a house, that’s what we’ve worked a whole unchanging deteriorate for, to get a home-court advantage.”

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    Draymond Green says in a second half a Warriors flipped a switch and played as if their lives were “on a line.”

    With indicate ensure Chris Paul sidelined given of a stretched right hamstring, Harden had to lift a infancy of a bucket for a Rockets on Saturday night. It substantially will be a same Monday night, as Paul’s damage is believed to be critical adequate to possibly keep him out of a diversion altogether, or exceedingly limited.

    The Rockets had been 15-9 in games in that Paul didn’t play, though that was in a unchanging season. In a playoffs, quite in Games 4 and 5, a destiny Hall of Famer has fundamentally willed a Rockets to wins with savvy playmaking, unfit shot-making and vigourous defense. Without him Saturday, Houston had to play haven Gerald Green 26 minutes, and super underling Eric Gordon had to start and play 34 minutes. Both showed signs of fatigue, with Gordon uncharacteristically blank 3 of 4 giveaway throws in a third entertain and blank 3 of 4 margin goals in a second half. Gordon done 6 of 8 margin goals and all 4 of his 3-point attempts in a 16-point initial half.

    Indeed, a whole Rockets group seemed to delayed down in a second half. After scoring 19 fast-break points in a initial entertain and 21 for a initial half — Houston’s top sum in any diversion of a playoffs — a Rockets managed usually 3 fast-break points in a second half.

    Some of that was fatigue, yes. Some of that was a Warriors’ defense, that done a indicate of interlude a transition diversion and forcing a round out of Harden’s hands when he attempted to expostulate into a paint.

    As he has been given Andre Iguodala was mislaid to a leg damage after Game 3, Thompson was a primary defender on Harden. Curry pronounced he suspicion a defensive plea was what got his associate Splash Brother going Saturday.

    “I consider he got many of his certainty on a defensive end, means he played amazing,” Curry said. “Just perplexing to get into James and make it tough on him, make or miss, he can live with his effort.”

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    When asked about his outrageous Game 6 in a Western Conference finals dual years ago, Klay Thompson credits tough work before creation a joke.

    Thompson’s diversion Saturday night was immediately compared to his 41-point opening to save a Warriors in Game 6 of a discussion finals opposite Oklahoma City dual years ago. It was identical in both a turn of recklessness a Warriors faced when he started rolling and a stakes of a game. Two years ago, a Warriors trailed for 44 mins of a diversion and were down 94-87 with 5:48 left. If they’d lost, a Thunder would’ve modernized to a Finals and Kevin Durant competence still be in Oklahoma City.

    Instead, Thompson strike 11 3-pointers in a opening so epic, Warriors owners Joe Lacob literally forsaken to his knees and bent during Thompson’s feet.

    This time, Thompson got it rolling after a Rockets went adult by 17 in a initial half. He finished with 9 3-pointers and 35 points, 6 rebounds and a playoff-career-high 4 steals, and he hold Harden to 10 points in a second half.

    Lacob didn’t dump to his knees this time, though Warriors ubiquitous manager Bob Myers did have a review with Thompson’s representative after a game, suggestive of a famous stage in “Jerry Maguire,” when Cuba Gooding’s impression has a diversion of his life and it’s transparent a Arizona Cardinals are going to give him his long-awaited agreement extension.

    That’s a review for a offseason, as both Thompson and Draymond Green are authorised for outrageous agreement extensions, and Durant is approaching to opt out of his agreement and could also pointer a outrageous new deal.

    Those financial decisions feel a prolonged approach divided still, and nonetheless a Warriors were a bad second half divided from an early offseason and several stark, organizational decisions to make. Can they unequivocally compensate all 4 of their All-Stars limit contracts?

    Thompson simply wasn’t prepared for any of that offseason speak to begin.

    “I don’t wish to go home. Not tonight. we don’t wish to go home,” he yelled out during a diversion in a uncover of tension prisoner on a large shade during Oracle Arena.

    “I usually like competing,” he said. “If we go out there and play tough and with passion, we can live with a results. That’s what I’ve learned.”

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