Houston's Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with injury

Klay Thompson has 35 Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

Klay Thompson has 35 Warriors force Game 7 in West finals

Head Coach Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets speaks with the media after the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2018 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

James Harden had opened proceedings with a layup and Houston were almost double-digits ahead of the Warriors at one point in the first quarter.

Houston got a 95-92 win in Game 4 on Tuesday to even the series at 2-2 heading in Thursday's game.

The teams will get a travel day Sunday before meeting one final time in Houston on Monday night, with the Game 7 victor advancing to the NBA Finals to face either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers, who play their Game 7 in Boston on Sunday. If Thompson is unavailable, it would be a serious handicap for the defending champions, who have relied on the 28-year-old seventh-year player out of Washington State.

All-star point guard Chris Paul was forced to leave in the last minute of Game 5 after appearing to suffer a right hamstring injury while taking a shot.

"Andre does a little bit of everything for us obviously He's one of the best defensive payers in the league and he has the versatility you have to have in the game today", Kerr said.

The Warriors saw the return of guard Patrick McCaw to the bench but coach Steve Kerr stopped short of saying if he would play. With a hindered Thompson, the clash between Golden State's all-star duo of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry versus Houston's Harden and Paul will be out for further display. Durant was asked if he remembered Thompson's Game 6 performance from two years ago when he was a member of the Thunder. Gordon (19 points), Ariza (14) and Gerald Green (11) were the only other Rockets to score in double-figures.

"We'll see [if he can play Game 6 on Saturday]". Scoring 25 points in the second half after dropping 39 in the first quarter simply wasn't going to get it done for the Rockets. "I'm just missing shots, but we're winning". We know we have a lot of things to clean up. "Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am", Thompson acknowledged. This team is the best third-quarter team in the National Basketball Association, and that needs to continue. He just competes and plays.

After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.

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