Stephen Curry heaps praise on Klay Thompson after Portland series

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The Golden State Warriors have booked their place in the Western Conference playoff finals for the second successive year after a 4-1 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. 

The Dubs wrapped up the series in a tightly contested game at the Oracle Arena as Klay Thompson produced yet another dominant display.

Thompson has taken his game to a whole new level since the playoffs began and has shown an incredible run of form during the five outings with the Blazers. 

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He ended proceedings last night with a game-high 33 points - his third night in the series of at least 30 - and shot an incredible 76.5 percent from the field. 

Following the game, back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry, who has returned from injury in top form, heaped praise on his teammate for his displays in the conference semi-finals.

He said: "I will have to say one thing, though. Klay was in here earlier, that dude had the best series I think I've ever seen him play on both ends of the floor. Defending Dame [Lillard], exhausting all his energy to make it uncomfortable for him and what he is able to do offensively.

"Hopefully, that doesn't get lost in our series and the way that we played as a team because you look down, he had 33 points and chased Dame around for all 34 minutes he's on the court so shout out to him for elevating his game on both ends of the floor. "

Golden State now has a chance to rest up and watch the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs slug it out for the remaining place in the conference final.

The series currently stands at 3-2 to the Thunder with game six taking place in Oklahoma City tonight, but the defending champions will be hoping San Antonio can force a deciding encounter at the AT&T Center. 

Speaking after his performance against the Blazers, Thompson said the break was good for his team but insisted he was feeling great within himself. 

"A break is great," the shooting guard said. "We've got to stay in great shape, we can't just lounge around, we've got to have great practices but a lot of our guys need it to recover. 

"I feel great. I'm lucky I've had no bad injuries and I'm just excited to get to the next round. West finals two years in a row, it's been a real special, special season."

He's right, it has been a special season. Much of the media attention has gone to Curry, but Thompson has established himself as a top ten player in the league this year.

The two-time All-Star has shown he is capable of leading the Dubs to victory without the MVP and is arguably the deadliest shooter in the NBA right now.

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