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Thompson scores 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

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Warriors may have run a play for Stephen Curry suggested by writer in Game 6

He told the media that he's still confident that Houston can win Game 7, via ESPN's Tim Macmahon.

Thompson has always been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State's starting lineup. Which is what we've come to expect - he had 46 points in 46 minutes of play in Game 6 and that's going to be needed again.

Where was Kevin Durant in this late-game fiasco?

But instead of placing their uncovered man, little used Quinn Cook, close to the basket, the Warriors spotted him up for a 3-pointer, which he missed after nervously fumbling a pass. Of course not; Curry deserves a great deal of blame, as do Thompson and Green. But it's important to remember that the Warriors never needed Durant; he was the cherry on top of a formidable roster. D'Antoni said the Rockets would not attempt gamesmanship by keeping Paul's status under wraps after a decision is made Monday.

They are aiming for a fourth successive National Basketball Association finals appearance, while Houston last made the finals in 1995.

Both the Western and Eastern Conference finals are going seven games. Klay Thompson led all scorers with 35 points (9-14 3pt FG) along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals for the Warriors, while James Harden recorded 32 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for the Rockets in the losing effort.

Still, the Rockets are outshooting the Warriors at halftime, hitting 50 percent overall and from 3.

Golden State did it playing again without forward Andre Iguodala, who missed his third straight game of the series with a bone bruise in his left knee sustained in Game 3.

Here are three things to keep an eye on in this game.

The Rockets, who led the league with 65 regular season wins, ran roughshod over Golden State in the opening quarter as they raced to a 39-22 lead.

Steve Kerr can say the Warriors aren't anxious down 3-2, and perhaps they're not. The series is heading back to Houston for one more contest.

The Warriors opened as five-point favorites at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for Game 7. The first half looked like "die" with the Rockets leading the Warriors.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr is trying to figure out why his team has struggled to put together complete games in this series, but is proud that the Warriors have found ways to win despite their up and down play.

That would be quite staining, no? The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six road games.

The Rockets and their Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden host the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in a decisive game seven of the Western Conference finals on Monday with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

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