Every NBA fan knew that the Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets was always going to be an emotional affair, and Game 1 on Monday night didn't disappoint. Klay Thompson certainly did his bit to make sure the game lived up to that expectation.
The Warriors achieved a 119-106 win against the Rockets on Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, with Kevin Durant being the best performer on the court for Golden State, as he finished with 37 points, three rebounds, and an assist on the night after 40 minutes of action.
Thompson helped Golden State take a 1-0 lead in their series and another step closer towards making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. He scored 28 points with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while going 6-of-15 from three. He was the team's second-best performer on the night.
Things were neck-and-neck between Golden State and Houston throughout the first half, but the Warriors guard really turned it on in the fourth quarter to help his team achieve separation from their opponents to win the game.
It was after draining a contested 3-pointer in the fourth quarter that Thompson turned to the crowd to taunt them, as he blew them a kiss as he made his way back into his team's half of the court to defend.
Thompson is performing great throughout the postseason, as he is averaging 21.8 points with a 45.6 field goal shooting percentage so far in these playoffs. The Rockets may want to keep an eye on him, as well as Durant, if they have any hopes of turning this series around before they travel to The Bay Area.
Golden State will look to take a 2-0 advantage back to the Oracle Arena later this week, but for that to happen, they need to win Game 2 which takes place later this week on Wednesday from the Toyota Center in Houston once more.
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