Klay Thompson's 35 points keeps the Warriors alive in Western Conference finals


The 22-year-old will be available for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Saturday night, with the Warriors trailing the Houston Rockets 3-2.

Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4. I made a mistake - at one point I was yelling to David West while play was going on, he looked over at me, (James) Harden hit a 3. They're champs. They're going to come back fighting, and they did. The fact that he's averaged 25.1 and 26.4 points per game in two regular seasons with Curry, Thompson, and Green by his side only adds onto the significance of his success. They need to do Sunday what they did in that first Game 7 - the win starts on the defensive end, making LeBron work for his buckets and not letting the supporting cast get rolling.

Of course, Golden State rediscovered its form, flying past the Rockets for a 115-86 blowout victory to even the series at 3-3.

The Warriors win forces a seventh and final game of the series at Toyota Center Monday.

Of course, the Warriors have had health issues of their own in the series, with Andre Iguodala having missed Games 4 and 5 with a bruised left knee. "As soon as we know, we'll say it, but we might not know until the afternoon (when we) see how it goes or he tests it out".

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He joins Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook and Adam Lallana in being placed on the back-up list. Long-time goalkeeper Joe Hart and injury-prone midfielder Jack Wilshere were omitted, for example.

Four games after Bell returned from that injury, he went on to suffer a sprained right ankle. He's got good genes, he should thank his mum and dad for that. "So here he is, and he'll suit up", Kerr said of McCaw.

Their Eastern Conference final is also tied at three games apiece. "Losing Andre [Iguodala] changed everything, and so we've had to adapt and adjust and this is the direction we've chose to go".

For the Warriors to advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season, they'll have to flip that script when the teams meet on Monday - especially if Paul is able to suit up and somehow be a factor. The series is heading back to Houston for one more contest. The defense was on point, both tight and disruptive, contributing to Houston's enormous turnover total. After Saturday's Game 6, Kerr once again brought up Thompson's personality as an asset in big-game situations. The Rockets responded to a 41-point loss in Game 3 - the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history - by winning the next two games to put the defending-champion Warriors on the brink of elimination.

Instead, they scored just 45 points in the first half, couldn't get into any sort of rhythm offensively, and failed to make a field goal in the final minute of regulation.