Golden State Warriors win Game 6 vs. Rockets thanks to Klay Thompson

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson celebrates during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

The Rockets didn't appear to miss Chris Paul early on, outscoring Golden State 39-22 in the opening frame, including an 8-1 advantage in 3-pointers.

If Paul is cleared to play, it will be interesting to see how much the line changes, but it would still be hard to bet against this Golden State core.

Thompson went a combined 20 of 32 from three-point range in those two Game 6s.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Saturday. "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 incredible". He went 2-of-3 from the field in 37 minutes. Of course not; Curry deserves a great deal of blame, as do Thompson and Green.

You better believe Twitter had a lot to say about the night's action.

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. Houston went 65-17 during the regular season, including 15-9 in games in which Paul didn't play.

Houston Rockets star guard Chris Paul's status for Monday's Game 7 of the Western Conference finals will likely be a game-time decision, coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green celebrates with guard Klay Thompson during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday
Chris Paul ruled out for Game 6 of WCF, status unknown for Game 7

Still, the Rockets are outshooting the Warriors at halftime, hitting 50 percent overall and from 3. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala's absence in all three games.

Again, NBA history was made at the Warriors' expense.

Durant and Klay Thompson lead Golden State with 14 points apiece. 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. "That's a pretty good position to be in", coach Steve Kerr said. Assuming CP3 plays, I like the Rockets to win this game outright.

Stephen Curry said the Warriors are encouraged despite falling behind in the series because they believe both games could have gone their way and that a few simple corrections will get them back on track. On Saturday night, the Warriors routed the Rockets, 115-86.

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.

That would be quite staining, no?

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