But he was injured in the final minute of game five, and could only watch in frustration as the Rockets succumbed to the Warriors' second-half onslaught on Saturday. Harden hadn't made a three-pointer since the second quarter of Game 4. The Lakers' 49 points in the third quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Warriors helped erase what was a seven-point deficit at halftime. That run should be discouraging to Houston not just because of the numbers but because of how Golden State accomplished them - Stephen Curry catching fire, Klay Thompson going off, stout defense, improved ball movement.
Klay Thompson hit nine 3-pointers while scoring 35 points.
"I guess you could say I was born for it. Man, that felt good", Thompson said.
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 Houston Rockets, who battled to 65 regular-season wins to earn a home-court edge throughout the National Basketball Association playoffs, aim to put that advantage to use on Monday.
"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said. "I thought we had a breakthrough last game, a couple things offensively". ". I learned, as I get older, if you play with passion, you play hard, and you leave the game saying I gave everything I have tonight in those 48 minutes, you can live with the result".
"I was not always like this", he said.
Game 7 is going to be one of the all-time greats, as a number of players will put their legacies on the line with the hopes that it'll culminate in a trip to the NBA Finals.
Thompson, who has struggled for much of the series, was big throughout, finally finding his stroke to the tune of 35 points on 9-of-14 shooting from 3-point range while adding six rebounds and four steals. The Rockets just need one. They were committing careless turnovers.
The Warriors bounced back with a solid second quarter before unloading a second-half onslaught that sucked the life out of the Rockets in a 115-86 win to force a Game 7 on Monday in Houston with an NBA Finals berth at stake.
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