OAKLAND, Calif. – Klay Thompson had another big Game 6 in the Western Conference finals, and this time around, the Houston Rockets fell by 115-86 on Saturday night.
Golden State Warriors Against Elimination, Thompson broke for a game-high 35 points on 13 of 23 shooting and 9 of 14 off 3-point field. He sprinkled seven of his triples in the second half to help his team in the last two quarters overtake Houston Rockets 64:25.
"The guy is a machine," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. He seems physically fit. He seems to thrive in these situations. But he was fantastic.
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Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 11 3-pointers for the Warriors in the second half of Game 6 to a double-digit deficit to a blowout victory.
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 "I do not know if I was born for that, but I've definitely worked my butt to get to that point come. I mean, I guess you could say I was born for that, "Thompson said with a laugh," I think it all happens for a reason. That felt good, to be honest. I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could. It probably sounded more vocal than I usually am. When your back is against the wall, when your shot is "If you do not fall, you can always control your passion and how hard you play." When I do that, it dribbles on other aspects of my game. "
Thompson, who also showed some raw feeling moments he seldom saw, contributed six rebounds and four steals. He has not had four steals since December 2016 and it was the best he has ever accumulated in a postseason game.
"The most important thing Klay did tonight was his defense," said Draymond Green to ESPN. "He definitely changed the game for us by putting himself in the ball and then releasing us offensively – it's ironic how that happens. Play a defense, get off in the transition, get a light look, and suddenly Dam breaks and we can really come to our offensive, I think the most important thing he did tonight was what he did defensively. "
There was no concern for Thompson tonight. According to Second Spectrum, on seven of his made 3-pointers, he released the ball within a second to touch him. These are the most of such cases in a game in the last five postsasons.
"I think Klay does not think too much about the effects, he's not worried about judgment and results, I think he just loves to play." Kerr said. "He feels so good in his own skin, I just think he wants to go out there and not worry so much anymore, the pressure does not seem to bother him much, he just competes and plays." As I said, the two-way ability of this guy who tracks the league MVP, most likely all games, and continues to rain down 3 hands is amazing.
Thompson said he was not always so carefree
"I used to be so tough on myself, especially early in my career," he said, "I remember one day I actually lost a game against the Nuggets and left the arena in my uniform. I was so crazy. I learned when I get older, when you play passionately, you play hard and you leave the game and say that I give everything that I have tonight in these 48 minutes, you can live with the result. "
Stephen Curry scored 29 points with five threes and Kevin Durant delivered 23 points and seven boards, the highest points scored in these playoffs in a single game by the trio of Thompson, Curry and Durant
Durant was asked if he remembered Thompson's Game 6 performance two years ago when he was a member of the Thunder 19659002] "Next question," said the 6-foot 11-striker promptly. 
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Curry stepped in and said, "I think we banished both of us from memory all year long," referring to the fact that the Warriors lost the 2016 NBA finals after seeing the Cleveland Cavaliers had beaten 3: 1.
The Warriors were no more than 17 in the second quarter, but went into the break and stared at a 10-point deficit. The defending champions believed that they were in a good position.
"You've met 11 3s and we're only 10? We'll take that," said Green. "We felt good where we were at that time, we did not have to yell at each other, we knew what we were dealing with, it was time to go out and take control of the game."
Without Thompson's exploits might have made the results completely different. His teammates are grateful that his production has helped keep their season alive.
"That's why he's who he is," Curry said. "He's kind of deaf to the environment, excited to play basketball, be it the regular season game 2 or the Western Conference finals game 6. Only he's self-confident and what can he do on the ground on both sides? never seen a shot he does not like, so when such a recipe is mixed, good things happen, usually at the right time. "