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. They went on to win Game 7 before falling to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals.
"We have a chance to tie the series at home". Forced a seventh game in Houston Monday night - a great achievement. The pressure doesn't seem to bother him much.
The Rockets, meanwhile, have wasted no time disposing of vulnerable opponents this postseason, eliminating Minnesota in the first round and Utah in the Western semifinals at first crack after going up 3-1 in each series. The guard had to sit out Game 6 after suffering a bad a hamstring injury during the final minute of Game 5 against the Rockets. Gordon was excellent in Chris Paul's absence this season and that continued into the playoffs.
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul is "less than likely" to play in Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, according to a report.
"He hasn't played in a couple of months, but he's healthy enough now to suit up and we'll see what happens", Kerr said Saturday. Harden finished with 32 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in 40 minutes. "He changed the game for us definitely, getting into the ball and which in turn, allowed us to get loose offensively". Throwing fireballs in the first quarter inflated their point total but Houston's offense was lacking it's characteristic measure of control.
My guess for Monday night: Paul tries to play, but can't.
"I don't have a doubt", D'Antoni said.
Golden State stormed home to win the final quarter 31-9 when a close finish looked in store.
We may actually never know if this was actually the same play which Duncan passed along, but regardless, it'd be an awesome story. And we found ourselves with a Western Conference finals series knotted at three games apiece instead.
And if all of that doesn't convince you that Game 6 is a defining moment for Durant's career, maybe this snippet will: Imagine if two months from now, you're looking back on the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs and are talking about how the Warriors were up 2-1 on the Rockets after winning Game 3 by 41 points. "We want to keep our same swag, our same positive energy", Harden said of the loss of his backcourt sidekick. But both were excited about the challenge back on the road and made reference to the fact that the Warriors did win Game 1 in Houston, 119-106.
While Thompson was splashing 3s on Saturday against the Rockets, the parallels to the Thunder game were obvious.