Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4. The Lakers' 49 points in the third quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Warriors helped erase what was a seven-point deficit at halftime. They came back to win the series, which ultimately led to Kevin Durant signing with Golden State in the offseason, ushering in a new era of Warriors dominance.
Klay Thompson scored 35 points to lead all scorers in Game 6 and drilled 9 of 14 three pointers in his highest-scoring output of the 2018 playoffs. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they'll have to get off to a better start in Game 7.
"I guess you could say I was born for it. Man, that felt good", Thompson said.
After a resounding win in Game 6 that's exactly where the defending champions are, preparing for a winner-take-all game on Monday night for a spot in the NBA Finals. "At the same time, we'll rally and do what's right", D'Antoni said.
"It would be a tough spot to put him in, with the weight of the game and not having played for a long time", Kerr said. "So for us that's our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of (Game 6) and bring that from the jump in Game 7". Wait. 31-9? Yes, Houston hit only four shots in the last period, and Luc Mbah a Moute missed the team's only free throw attempts. "We're a confident bunch". The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six road games.
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If the Golden State Warriors are anxious as they head into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren't showing it.
Friday afternoon, it was announced that Rockets' point guard Chris Paul will not be able to play in Game 6 due to a hamstring injury he suffered late in Game 5 - which is a huge loss for Houston. I just think he wants to go out there and hoop, and he doesn't worry about much else. The Rockets just need one.
Kerr was asked about Looney's status for Monday's game.
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, left, tries to control the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, and guard Klay Thompson, rear, during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday. You never know how the game is going to play out.
The Warriors have forced a Game 7 in Houston by outscoring the Rockets 64-25 in the second half of a 115-86 blowout win for Golden State. 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.More news: Watch the Battlefield 5 reveal with Trevor Noah: WWII and free DLC