Klay Thompson's 35 points and tireless defensive work up against Houston Rockets star James Harden on Saturday helped Golden State Warriors set up game seven of the Western Conference finals, leaving Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry to marvel at their team-mate's calmness under pressure.
As it turned out, the key play of the game - in more ways than one - occurred when Paul suffered a strained right hamstring while attempting a missed floater in the key with 51.7 seconds remaining and the Rockets clinging to a 95-94 lead.
James Harden and the Rockets took part in an all-time National Basketball Association collapse in the second half of Saturday's Game 6. Gordon responded by making his first four 3-pointers and scoring a rugged 19 points, while Harden - who entered Game 6 having missed 20 consecutive 3-pointers - totaled 32 points after missing his first two shots from long range. If he can not come up big and get Golden State back to the NBA Finals, the critics will only grow louder for Durant.
Kevin Durant struggled with his shot, hitting 6 of 17, but still scored 23 points as the defending champions kept their repeat quest alive by outplaying Houston in the second half.
The Warriors opened as five-point favorites at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for Game 7.
The series is tied 3-3. Game 7 will be played on Monday, May 28, at 9 p.m. ET. "We know what we have to do", Harden said.
"I mean, I guess you could say I was born for it", he said, as the interview room inside Oracle Arena erupted with laughter. Chris Paul injured his hamstring in the closing minute of the fourth quarter and was quickly ruled out for tonight's Game 6. "We're still confident. We're a confident group, and we've just got one chance".
"He's gotten a lot better over the last two weeks". Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala in all three games. However, Houston is moving forward with the mindset that getting Paul back would be a major bonus. "I thought we had a breakthrough last game, a couple things offensively". Let's just get that out there.
Some hot long-range shooting from guards Klay Thompson and Steph Curry saw Golden State romp to victory over Houston to level up the NBA's Western Conference finals series. Afterwards, the Warriors lose the next two games in the series where they could've won as time expired, and then proceed to lose at home despite Houston playing without Chris Paul - marking the first time in the Kerr-era that the Warriors don't reach the NBA Finals.
It's a dramatic Game 7 between Boston and Cleveland for the Eastern Conference crown.