Thompson had just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting and 2-of-4 from long range as the Warriors' "Splash Brothers", who combined for 46 points in Game 1 were nowhere to be found when the team needed them. If you want points, you have to play well. In the process, the usual playoff mainstays, such as home court advantage and adjustments and carryover from one game to the next, could be deemed non-issues. Each one of those losses has come in a different series, and none of them occurred in Oakland, California, where Durant and the Warriors have a flawless 15-0 record. "Coach is right. We've got to be better". And tonight we were taking the ball out the net.
The MVP favourite led Houston with 20 points and nine assists but had a awful night defending Stephen Curry who scored most of his 35 points when guarded by him.
At various points in the game, head coach Mike D'Antoni couldn't hide his anger at the way his team was playing. "Again, we have short memories, have to".
The third quarter marked Curry's 10th career postseason frame with at least 17 points.
The defending champions got defensive-and maybe a little mad-after a 127-105 Game Two defeat on Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up three-point shooters.
"It's just one thing led to another", D'Antoni said, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon. "You can analyze him all you want, but at the end of the day, he's still a pretty good basketball player".
Curry also delivered a different message: What slump? He hit 13 of 23 shots overall.
And while I'd feel robbed if this series didn't give us one truly competitive game - one game where both teams come out with laudable effort and crisp execution - there's not much question in my mind who would win that contest.
What say you, Klay Thompson?
The Warriors shot 52 per cent from the field and forced 19 Rockets turnovers, with Curry making life miserable for Houston's guards. The Rockets will head on the road for Game 3 against the defending champs, looking to do what no team has been able to do in the past year: beat the Warriors at Oracle Arena in the playoffs.