Golden State Warriors rout Houston Rockets to force series decider

Tanya Simon
May 27, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala sat out Game 6 of the Western Conference finals over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night in Oakland, California, and his ability to suit up for Game 7 on Monday is in doubt, as well.

The Warriors claimed a 115-86 triumph at Oracle Arena to bounce back from successive defeats and force an all-important Game 7 on Tuesday (2am United Kingdom time).

Houston's James Harden had dominated the early stages as they marched to a 39-22 lead after the first period, and he finished with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. I mean, we all thought we were going to win Game 6, right? He doesn't worry about judgment and results.

While touring China, Klay Thompson's alter ego took the National Basketball Association world by storm last summer after the Warriors' second title in three years, partly because this isn't the Klay Thompson we get to see on a regular basis.

"I like that fire and energy when you know he's engaged and appreciating what he's bringing to the game", Curry said after Game 6. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six road games.

With the Rockets now leading 3-2 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Finals, Houston is only one win away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since Bill Clinton's first term as President. The Warriors won the second half 64-25. So, the pressure doesn't seem to bother him much. "He scrimmaged a couple times, his back is fine, had a little knee soreness - I think from the inactivity".

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The Warriors used another of their signature third quarters to take an 84-77 advantage going into the final 12 minutes, then maintained that dominant level this time down the stretch, unlike their last home game at roaring Oracle Arena when they blew it in Game 4 on Tuesday. He scored 35 points, making nine three-pointers; it was reminiscent of his scintillating Game 6 performance two years ago against Oklahoma City when he scored 41 points and made a record 11 three-pointers.

But the Warriors tightened up on defense, contested shots, and their own shots began to fall, with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson knocking down threes with machine-like precision.

Kevin Durant added 23 for the Warriors.

"I feel like we're the best team in the world and most fun team in the world to watch when we're pushing that ball, getting defensive stops and making plays", he said.

Thompson was remarkable in Game 6, so much so that Jay-Z will have to consider a shoutout in his next album.

They were in a valley of despair, down 17 points, and fought way up the hill to the sunshine and blue sky and refreshing breeze. "You've got to want it".

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