OAKLAND, California – Stephen Curry looked exhausted. After playing the defense on Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in the Golden State Warriors' victory over the Houston Rockets at 115: 86, he did not have much to look forward to when he went to his locker Game.
Curry grabbed a chocolate protein shake and threw the whole box down in one go, then threw it in a nearby garbage can with his left hand. Like the 12 shots he made in that knockout game, it was a perfect hit.
"I learned that from LeBron [James]," joked Curry. "I saw him drinking a bottle of water on the sidelines and he shit it down in one gulp."
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 11 3-pointers for the Warriors in the second half of Game 6 to turn a double-digit deficit into a blowout victory.
Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers to lead the Warriors to victory in a must-win Game 6 against the Rockets, a feat that described coach Steve Kerr as "fantastic."
James Harden and Gerald Green were among those who emphasized the Rockets' confidence in a decisive match 7 on their home soil, even though the status of Chris Paul as Star Point Guard continues to be in question
Like James on Friday night, Curry and his colleague Splash Brother Klay Thompson seemed to find additional energy as their teams faced elimination and everyone else was exhausted was an epic defensive series for both teams
Curry scored 29 points on 12-for-23 shots, and Thompson repeated his Game 6 exploits of two years ago against Oklahoma City with a game-high 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting. The Warriors rallied against a Rockets team, which rose 17 points at the end of the first quarter.
"Just pure adrenaline right now," Curry said.
Curry ended with a 1.44-mile defense, which is due to the fact that the Warriors continue to turn on almost every pick-and-roll defensive system and the Rockets by pick-and-roll Rolls race MVP leaders get James Harden has voted on Curry. Second Spectrum is a quarter of a mile higher than any Warriors defender and most he ran in a match all season.
"You can get a little tired here and there during the game, but there's no excuse for that. I do not appreciate the moment," said Curry. "I looked at Trevor Ariza in the middle of the fourth quarter [TrevisAriza[Rockets forward] and we just said to each other," This is fun; that's what you love about NBA basketball. "If you can not prevail in this kind of environment for 48 minutes, you do not love the game."
Steph Curry tells how the Warriors could turn things around second half and how they plan to approach Game 7.
Indeed, after the Warriors have won back to win Saturday night, the NBA will be treated to Game 7 in both conference finals for the first time since 1979, when the Washington Bullets defeated the San Antonio Spurs and the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Phoenix Suns. This time, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Boston Celtics on Sunday night, and the Warriors will travel to Houston on Monday night for Game 7.
|Washington Bullets||Now known as Washington Wizards|
|San Antonio Spurs||were in the 1979 Eastern Conference|
|Seattle SuperSonics||Franchise relocated and renamed Oklahoma City Thunder|
|3-point line||Not introduced in NBA until 1979-80 season|
|ESPN||Network did not exist until September 7, 1979|
|] NCAA Tournament||Featured Larry Bird and Magic Johnson|
|LeBron James  Not born for another five years (Dec. 30, 1984)|
 "I mean, if you asked us when we were in the Bahamas, summer, this team together [would have] a game 7, to go to the final against the warriors, we take that," said Harden, who fi nedished with 32 points, 9 assists in 7 rebounds in 40 minutes.
"There is no pressure, it's a chance, a chance we all like to belong to. Play 7 in our house, we've been working the whole regular season to get the home advantage."
Draymond Green says the warriors in the second half turned a switch and played as if their lives were "on the line".
With Point Watcher Chris Paul set aside for a right hamstring injury, Harden had to carry the bulk of the load for the Rockets on Saturday. It's likely to be the same Monday night as Paul's injury is considered serious enough to either leave him alone or severely restricted.
The Rockets had been 15-9 in games in which Paul was not playing, but that was in the regular season. In the playoffs, especially in Games 4 and 5, the future Hall of Famer has basically wanted The Rockets win with clever play, impossible shot-making and strong defense.Only Saturday, Houston had to play reserve Gerald Green 26 minutes, and super-sub Eric Gordon had to start and play 34 minutes. Both showed signs of fatigue, with Gordon missing at least three of four free throws in the third quarter and missing three of four field goals in the second half. Gordon scored 6-of-8 field goals and all four 3-point attempts in a 16-point first half.
In fact, the entire Rockets team seemed to slow down in the second half. After the Rockets scored 21 points in the first quarter 19 and the first quarter – Houston's highest total in each playoff game – the Rockets scored only three fast breakpoints in the second half.
Some of it was tiredness, yes. Some of them were the Warriors defense, who wanted to stop the transitional game and force the ball out of Harden's hands as he tried to get in the paint.
As he was since Andre Iguodala, he was lost to a leg injury after Game 3, Thompson was the main defender on Harden. Curry said he thought the defensive challenge was what got his fellow swimmer Splash Brother running on Saturday.
"I think he got the most confidence on the defensive because he played great," said Curry. "I'm just trying to get into James and make it hard for him to meet or miss, he can live with his efforts."
When he was asked about his huge 6 game in the Western Conference finals two years ago, Klay Thompson writes hard work before he makes a joke.
Thompson's Saturday night game was immediately compared to the 41 points he scored to rescue the Warriors in Game 6's conference final against Oklahoma City two years ago. It was similar in the desperation of the warriors when he started to roll and in the betting. Two years ago, the Warriors had 44 minutes of play behind them and finished with 5:48 minutes 94-87. If they had lost, the thunder would have advanced to the final and Kevin Durant might still be in Oklahoma City. Instead, Thompson hit 11 3-pointers in a performance that was so epic that Warriors owner Joe Lacob literally dropped to his knees and bowed to Thompson's feet.
This time, Thompson got it rolling after the Rockets rallied by 17 in the first half. He finished with nine 3-pointers and 35 points, 6 rebounds, a playoff career high-4 steals, and kept Harden in the second half 10.
Lacob did not fall to his knees this time, but Warriors general manager Bob Myers had a chat with Thompson's agent after the game and recalled the famous scene in "Jerry Maguire" when Cuba Gooding's character has the game of a lifetime and it's clear the Arizona Cardinals will give him his much-anticipated contract extension  This is a talk for the off-season as both Thompson and Draymond Green  are eligible for major contract extensions, and Durant is expected to terminate his contract and could also sign a large new contract.
These financial decisions still feel a long way off, and yet the Warriors were a bad second half away from an early offseason and made some hard, organizational decisions. Can you really pay for all four of your all-star maximum contracts?
Thompson was just not ready to start any of this offseason talk.
"I do not want to go home, not tonight, I do not know" I want to go home, "he shouted during the game in a show of emotions captured on the big screen in the Oracle Arena. 19659002] "I just like to compete. If you go out and play hard and passionate, you can live with the results. That I have learned. "