Steve Kerr Thought Warriors Had Breakthrough In Game 5 Loss

Steve Kerr Thought Warriors Had Breakthrough In Game 5 Loss

Of the team's four All-Stars, he gets the least attention, but Thompson delivered a performance reminiscent of his heroics in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in 2016, when he scored 41 points with Golden State facing elimination against an Oklahoma City team featuring Durant. It was the most points scored in these playoffs in a single game by the trio of Thompson, Curry and Durant.

"I think he'll play as soon as he can", D'Antoni said before the game Saturday. "We worked too hard this season to go home".

Game 7 will be on Monday night in Houston.

Having him on hand still meant so much.

The Warriors took an 84-77 advantage going into the final 12 minutes, then maintained that dominant level this time down the stretch.

With 9:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Western Conference championship trophy was being wheeled to the Rockets' locker room - but it was just a practice run, as the Rockets were down 89-77 at the time and were outscored 31-9 in the fourth quarter to set up the deciding Game 7. "We wanted to force Game 7 so badly".

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But the Warriors defense clamped down on Harden in the second half and the Rockets felt the absence of injured point guard Chris Paul, who suffered a strained right hamstring in the Rockets' game-five victory. "We're definitely positive. We just have to play". Harden finished with 32 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in 40 minutes. "He's one of our keys, and we've missed him the last two games. As I said, the two-way ability of this guy hounding the MVP of the league, most likely, all game, and continuing to rain down 3-pointers, he's fantastic".

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. There is no word yet on whether he will play in game 7. Golden State eventually found some sort of rhythm in the second quarter, bringing the deficit back down to 10 by halftime.

Houston needed a third scorer to join Gordon and leading NBA MVP candidate James Harden sans Paul.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots against the Houston Rockets during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday. "We know what we have to do", Harden said. Four years later, Durant had the Warriors on the ropes up 3-1, but he and the Thunder couldn't win one out of three games, squandering the chance to defeat the 73-win Warriors - which he, in particular, was crucified for.

"Obviously we hope to have our starting point guard back", Tucker said. "I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career", Thompson said.

Tickets for Game 7 are on sale at the Rockets' website. But the final score of 115-86 was not at all indicative of how the game went for the first three quarters.

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