The Rockets took a 3-2 series lead Thursday with a 98-94 victory in Houston.
Thompson's explosive performance was reminiscent of his remarkable effort against Oklahoma City in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, when he erupted for 41 points - making 11 triples - to lead the Warriors to a 108-101 win.
For the Warriors they will be hoping Andre Igoudala, who has missed the last two games, can return to the rotation to help the defensive unit and take some of the load off Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. As far as the point guard's status for Game 6 goes, "We'll see". James Harden is averaging 28.4 points and 6.9 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 21.1 points and 5.8 assists.More news: No trade war as China pledges 'significantly' more USA buying
Paul is in the conference finals for the first time after failing to advance past the second round in nine previous post-season trips. "We got everything we needed". If Paul can find a way to get on the floor, even if it's in limited minutes, he is going to play.
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The Warriors' guard got the ball rolling for his team - when his teammates were trying to work out some prodigious knots in the Warriors' offense, Thompson was knocking down shots, keeping Golden State in the game and the Oracle Arena crowd engaged.
Apparently, the answer is going down 17 to the Houston Rockets in a playoff elimination game.
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The club termed Iguodala as questionable for Game 6 after it lost for the second consecutive game Thursday with Iguodala sidelined due to a leg contusion. "That's a pretty good position to be in", coach Steve Kerr said. "I mean, under the circumstances, because I just feel like we're ready to break through". Golden State had 18 turnovers. Eric Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Clint Capela is grabbing 11.8 rebounds. And after the Warriors only got four points from the bench in their Game 5 loss, they got scoring contributions from six bench players in Game 6.