Thompson scores 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals


Houston Rockets guard James Harden (left) and guard Chris Paul (right) on the bench against the Golden State Warriors in the second half in game six of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena.

Golden State did it playing again without forward Andre Iguodala, who missed his third straight game of the series with a bone bruise in his left knee sustained in Game 3.

In Game 6, the Rockets scored just 86 points, and only 25 points in the second half (!).

Harden, who shot 4-for-12 on threes, finished with seven rebounds and a team-high nine assists for the Rockets, who committed 21 turnovers.

No arguing they both appreciate Thompson's no-fear shooting approach and ability to nearly single-handedly turn the tide of a game with a timely 3-pointer or two - or nine.

The Rockets' star point guard suffered a right hamstring injury late in Game 5 that kept him out of Game 6. Golden State opened the second half on an 11-0 scoring run, taking the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when Curry drained a three-pointer for a 62-61 advantage.

"I had a lot of people in my ear helping me", Bell said.

"Tonight was a pretty good microcosm of our team in many ways", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said afterward.

Dr. Chao, a former National Football League doctor, suggests that Chris Paul's injury is not considered serious. "We didn't communicate. We gave up wide-open threes", he said.

The Rockets led 39-22 after the first quarter behind four early threes from Eric Gordon.

I'll be honest. I'm embarrassed with how the Houston Rockets played in Game 6.

But the Warriors closed the gap to 61-51 at halftime, then passed Houston before the end of the third quarter and pulled away early in the fourth.

"I know for us, we're going to come out there and be ready to play from the start of the game", Kevin Durant said.

For the first time since Game 3, the Warriors looked like themselves. We know what we have to do.

Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night.

It was a sense of deja vu for Thompson and the Dubs as it's not the first time he's produced heroics in a Game 6 where they were facing elimination. We're still confident. We're a confident group. Love has been the second best offensive player for the Cavaliers in the postseason, but they can survive his loss - this is a better defensive team without him (3.1 points per 100 possessions better when he is off the court in this series) and the offense often sees better ball movement and flow.