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Bengals lead Chiefs 27-24 in OT to win Super Bowl trip

(AP) -- Evan McPherson blasted a 31-yard field goal at 9:22 into overtime after Joe Burrow kept his cool while leading a furious second-half comeback to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time since 33 into the Super Bowl with a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship game. The Bengals erased an 18-point deficit - tying an AFC title game record - to maintain a late 24-21 lead on McPherson's... (Author: Gardener)

Super Bowl(AP) -- Evan McPherson blasted a 31-yard field goal at 9:22 into overtime after Joe Burrow kept his cool while leading a furious second-half comeback to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals for the first time since 33 into the Super Bowl with a 27-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship game. The Bengals erased an 18-point deficit - tying an AFC title game record - to take a late 24-21 lead on McPherson's 52-yarder. But Harrison Butker's 44-yard kick after regulation time sent him into overtime a week after his 49-yarder did the same in the last regulation game against Buffalo. A week after Buffalo's Josh Allen called tails and it was heads for the toss in overtime - giving Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs the ball -- Cincinnati backup quarterback Brandon Allen called heads and the coin came up tails . The Chiefs opened overtime again with the ball, but Vonn Bell intercepted Mahomes on the third play, and Burrow and the Bengals took over. Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) celebrates with Kevin Huber (10) after throwing a 52-yard shot in the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas field goal City, Mo. And now they're going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1989 after winning their first playoff overtime game. “Our defense really strengthened and made plays in the second half. Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (2) shoots a 31-yard field goal during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday August 1, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. The Bengals (13-7) will play the winner of the NFC Championship between San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on February 13 in Los Angeles. Cincinnati lost to the 49ers on its two previous trips to the Super Bowl. Mahomes and the Chiefs (14-6) will have to lament that they missed their chance for a third straight Super Bowl appearance. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on their first three possessions, which Mahomes caught by Mecole Hardman for a 3-yard score that made it 21-3 - and that looked a lot like a run. Mahomes joined Tom Brady ( 2014), Joe Flacco (2012) and Aaron Rodgers (2010) as the only players with three games with three or more TD passes in a single postseason Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson, center, celebrates with teammates after failing in the first half of the shot a 32-yard field goal in an AFC Championship NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel ) But Burrow kept the Bengals in. He threw a short pass to Samaje Perine, who avoided a tackle attempt from Charvarius Ward and raced into the end zone at 1:05 in the first half for a 41-yard touchdown. The Chiefs seemed on course for their fourth straight touchdown drive to open the game, especially after Byron Pringle's 10-yard catch put Kansas City on the 15 with 13 seconds left - prompting chants from the excited crowd at Arrowhead stage of “13 seconds! ” who celebrated the Chiefs' stunning comeback against Buffalo last week. A pass interference call on Eli Apple in the end zone put the ball on the 1, but the Chiefs failed to get into the end zone on two tries, with Mahomes' pass to Tyreek Hill losing a yard and ending the half. Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) celebrates after defeating Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game on Sunday, January 30, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. Cincinnati, fought Ball back to the Chiefs 27 moments later when B. Two games after Joe Mixon gained 2 yards on first-and-goal from the 5, Ja'Marr Chase went through Rashad Fenton in the end zone to throw Burrows for to catch a touchdown. Burrow then found a wide-open Trent Taylor for the 2-point conversion to tie him at 21 with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) fumbles with the ball as he is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game Sunday, January 30, 2022 in Kansas City will. Mo. Cincinnati Bengals safety Vonn Bell (24) intercepts a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (center) during Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) during overtime in the AFC Championship NFL football game on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Kansas City, Missouri. The Bengals won 27-24. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts during the second half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, 1 May 30, 2022 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Klays Kupplung 3 crowned a complete team win against Nets

The Warriors ended their seven games at home with another win. (Author: Gardener)

sevenSometimes the warriors make things harder than they need to be. They gambled away a 19-point lead against the Nets on Saturday and an 11-point lead before that. Then, after screwing up the game for themselves, the Warriors found a way to win anyway. They shouldn't have hit the nets, but did just enough to earn a 110-106 win and close the seven-game home streak on a high note. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr cited the team's depth as a factor in winning close games during the two-week home stint. “You have to have people coming on the bench and being able to play and knowing that tonight we were undermanned without (Nemanja Bjelica) and only 10 people available and we really needed that spark that Jordan ( Poole) gave us," he said. Here are more observations from the Warriors' narrow win over Brooklyn. Defense Playing Strong Again The Warriors' defense kept the nets 39.8 percent off the field, marking the 12th time this season they have held an opponent less than 40 percent shooting. Golden State knew Kyrie Irving was the only consistent scoring threat the Nets had with Kevin Durant and James Harden. The Warriors caught and doubled him early in the game and were successful until Brooklyn hit a 20-4 run in the third quarter. Andrew Wiggins was a factor as he had three steals and three blocks. He also pressured Irving for most of the game. "We have a lot of dogs this side of the ball," Klay Thompson said after the game. I think Gary (Payton II) should be an all-defensive player this year. Klay Thompson's 3-pointer with 12.1 seconds in play looked familiar. Countless times in his career, Thompson has made it big. Regardless of how he's shooting on any given night, Thompson has the confidence and resume to pull it off anytime. "It felt fantastic," Thompson said of the shot. Thompson finished the game with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting and 2-of-8 from deep. It's been a cold night as far as efficiency goes, but sometimes it's all about quality over quantity and for Thompson. That clutch bucket was needed not just for the Warriors, but for his own psyche as he continues to acclimate to NBA basketball and find his rhythm in the Warriors lineup. Shorthanded Warriors fight back Brooklyn Nets to thwart homestand Jannelle Moore via the Warriors: Kevon Looney makes inroads and affects defense offense that kept the Warriors stable. On a night when the Splash Brothers were cold off the field — Steph Curry and Thompson shot 10-32 combined — it was Wiggins who set the tone in the first quarter and continued that attitude throughout the first half. I feel like part of my job is to go out there and defend and play well offensively... put the ball in the basket," Wiggins said. In addition to Wiggins being reinforced, The Warriors also had Porter with 16 points and Poole with 17. Defensively, Gary Payton II held down the perimeter while Kevon Looney snapped 13 boards, most of which were on the defensive end. Thompson was impressed by how Wiggins and others stepped up. I told Steph about it," he said. "We had a below average shooting night and to see these guys go in, play so well, move the ball and be aggressive, that gives us life."

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Watch Big Dunk In The Nets-Warriors Game by Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins had an amazing dunk during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors. (Author: Gardener)

Andrew WigginsAndrew Wiggins and the Golden State Warriors hosted the Brooklyn Nets at the Chase Center Saturday night, and during the game Wiggins had a big dunk. Wiggins was only recently named to his first Game All-Star, and he's also a starter in the game. The first overall winner of 2014 had high expectations for the NBA and is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career. The Warriors won the game 110-106, and as the runners-up in the Western Conference, they now sit three games behind the Phoenix Suns for the top spot with a record of 37-13. The Nets fell to 29-20, which has them as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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Here's what Steve Kerr said after the Warriors hit the nets

Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets. (Author: Gardener)

Steve KerrSteve Kerr spoke to reporters after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 110-106 at the Chase Center on Saturday night, and head coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after the game. Kerr stressed how pleased he was with the Warriors' defense that night as they play without their best defender, Draymond Green. The three-time champion is one of the best defenders in the NBA but has been out since Jan. 9 with a calf injury. The Warriors moved up to 37-13 in the 50 games they played this season by defeating the Nets. As for the Nets, they fell to sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 29-20 record. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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Kyrie Irving's pregame outfit before the Nets played the Warriors

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets played the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie Irving'sThe Brooklyn Nets took on the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco and before the game, the Nets posted a photo of Kyrie Irving's pregame outfit. The photo can be seen in the team's Twitter account tweet embedded below. The Nets lost the game 110-106 and Irving had 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Irving is currently only a part-time player, so he can only attend games traveling outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. He returned to the team earlier this month after missing the start of the season. In the eight games he played this season, he averaged 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. * DEROZAN TAKES ON JORDAN ON A LIST FOR THE BULLS: DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls were on track to start the new season as the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A four-time All-Star in his first season in Chicago, DeRozan passed Hall of Famer Michael Jordan on a franchise-record list. * STEPH AND THE WARRIORS ARE ON FIRE: The Golden State Warriors haven't made the playoffs in two seasons, but that looks set to change this season. They're excited to start the season under the guidance of superstar guard Steph Curry and have one of the best records in the entire NBA.

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NBA Twitter Reacts To Warriors Holding Out 110-106 In Battle Against Nets

After the Warriors battled the Nets for victory in a primetime fight, NBA Twitter exploded with mixed reactions. (Author: Gardener)

NBAWith Kevin Durant and James Harden ruled out for the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday's primetime contest seemed headed for a blowout against the Golden State Warriors. After the Warriors held a 19-point lead, the Nets fought back into the game with brave performances from Kyrie Irving and Patty Mills. Heading into the final frame, the Warriors held a two-point lead. After each team fired shots in the fourth quarter, the Warriors needed one last bucket to close the nets at the Chase Center. With 12.5 seconds left on the clock, Thompson drilled a deep 3-pointer to give the Warriors a four-point lead. Though Irving responded with a well-known clutch jumper from beyond the arc to reduce the lead to one, the Warriors held against the Nets 110-106. Thompson finished the game with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field with six boards and two assists in 27 minutes. After a slow start, Steph Curry finished the game with 19 points on a 5-of-18 shot from the field with eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes. Curry scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter alone. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor with eight rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists in 37 minutes. Though Brooklyn dropped the contest, Irving scored a season-high 32 points in 9-of-21 shooting from the field against Golden State.

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Warriors, Klay rebounds after underlining a strong homestand

Life is good again for the Warriors. (Author: Gardener)

KlaySAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks after limping home and licking their wounds, and 10 days after enduring their worst loss of the season, the Warriors are soaring again. After completing a seven-game homestand with a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, the Warriors are on a five-game winning streak and reached the 50-game mark with an all-NBA 37-13 record teams other than the Phoenix Suns. After a period in which the Warriors lost six of nine games, the last of which was a humiliating loss to an Indiana Pacers team that was missing its top four players, life is good again in The Bay. The latest win was unique in that both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson stuttered for 43 minutes - before scoring the final 17 points over the last five together. Up to this point, the Splash Brothers have been carried by their teammates, most notably Andrew Wiggins, who posted a team-high 24 points and was as spectacular on defense as he was on offense. "It shows the depth we have on our team," said Jordan Poole, who contributed 17 points and six assists in 28 minutes. “You come out and finish the game against a really good team and you have guys getting up night after night. While Curry and Thompson had 35 points on 10-of-32 shooting (5-of-18 from deep), Wiggins was fabulous, as was Otto Porter Jr. with 16 points, six rebounds and four blocks. "Strength in numbers, it's still alive and well," said Thompson, whose 3-pointer with 12.5 seconds left followed by two free throws with 5.7 seconds left sealed the win. We had a sub par shooting night and to see these guys go in and play so well and move the ball, being aggressive it gives us life. What's most impressive about this winning streak is that it was mainly achieved at the back of a defense that was without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both of whom are craftsmen at this end of the stage. Golden State is ranked fifth in defensive rating (105.2) in their last five games and maintained their status as the No. 1 team in defensive rating (102.7) this season. "It's different without having our anchors out there," Poole said. “But we've been preaching our defense all year, are a really good defense team and that's what our focus is. "Obviously without defense, these two guys were missing so much," said coach Steve Kerr. "But (assistant coach/defensive coordinator) Mike Brown has done a great job on defense this year, and we've added some guys who are excellent defenders." The Warriors, 29th in offensive rating (103.3) in those nine games, are fifth (116.6) in the last five - despite Curry's ongoing struggle to rediscover his signature 3-point shot. Part of the increase can be attributed to the efficiency of Wiggins (47.3 percent from the field, 40.6 from distance), Porter (an amazing 59.5 and 45.0) and Poole (49.2 and 45.2). . They filled most of the points gap created by Curry's mostly cold shooting. Another factor is this: Thompson, who has been back on the pitch for three weeks, looks a lot like the Klay before the injury. Before his 5-of-14 shooting on Saturday, he was 15 of his last 28 overall, including 8-of-17 from beyond the arc. "I'm figuring out how to play well with these guys and vice versa," he said. It's been great to get some game time and get some wins at home." With the Warriors leaving for a short trip to Texas on Sunday, with games in Houston and San Antonio on back-to-back nights Monday and Tuesday, they must like where they are, and with key players still sidelined, they're confident they can do even better in the last 32 games of the season.

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Shorthanded Warriors hold off Brooklyn Nets to end homestand

The Warriors fought off the nets to end their seven-game home run with a 110-106 win. (Author: Gardener)

Brooklyn NetsSAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. Brooklyn surpassed the Warriors 29-24 to draw the game to two en route to the fourth quarter, and both teams were able to match run-for-run until Golden State made several key stops and shots down the stretch. Klay Thompson stole the game with a 3-pointer to put the Warriors 12.1 seconds ahead. "Andrew was phenomenal tonight...three blocks and three steals," said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Kyrie Irving hit a fadeaway 3 to put the Nets on point within 10 seconds. The Warriors pulled away at the free throw line when the nets were over the foul line. Rounding out the Warriors' scorer list was Stephen Curry, who had 19 points while Thompson had 16 points. Curry achieved another milestone that season by making his 808th appearance for the Warriors and overtaking Chris Mullin as a career leader in games for the Warriors. Curry set the NBA's all-time 3-point record earlier this season and has numerous team marks in one season to his credit, but Kerr said the accomplishment was special. Jannelle Moore on the Warriors: "Kevon Looney is settling in and affecting the defensive record just because it signifies his loyalty to the franchise and vice versa," Kerr said before the game. Mullin spent 13 of his 15 NBA seasons with Golden State and retired after the 2000-01 season after three seasons with the Indiana Pacers as a warrior. In the Nets, Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 32 points. The Warriors complete the homestand 6-1. The Warriors end the month with a rematch against the Houston Rockets.

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Golden State Warriors live score and stats

Get real-time NBA basketball coverage and scores as the Brooklyn Nets take on the Golden State Warriors. We bring you the latest game previews, live stats and recaps on CBSSports.com (Author: Gardener)

Golden StateSAN FRANCISCO (AP) Klay Thompson is back to parrying timely shots that help decide games and playing a stingy defense at the other end. Thompson hit the biggest shot yet of his 2 1/2-year injury comeback, smooth sinking a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-106 win over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night to send. “It felt fantastic, it really did. I missed that feeling," Thompson said. "It felt absolutely amazing." Irving wasn't done yet and moments later was making a 3 himself and scoring 32 points while hearing boos from the Bay Area crowd directed at the unvaccinated Nets star. Thompson finished with 16 points. Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:09 left and five free throws over the final 1:44 to add 19 points while Irving delivered at the other end without the injured Kevin Durant and James Harden. It's been 2 1/2 years," said coach Steve Kerr. Andrew Wiggins contributed 24 points and eight rebounds as the Warriors made key late stops, including Irving's missed reverse layup attempt with a minute left. Brooklyn's Patty Mills connected in the finals with three clutch 3-pointers at 9:46, connecting the game at 96 with 4:42 remaining and ending with 24 points. After Wiggins missed a 3 with 30 seconds left, Mills converted two free throws from a foul. Irving is only allowed to attend street games because of New York's vaccination requirement, but was loudly booed by the Bay Area crowd during the pregame introduction. Curry went 6-10 from the deep in Thursday's 124-115 win over Minnesota after going 3-23 on 3s in his previous two games. He was 3 of 10 from distance on Saturday, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. Curry missed his first three 3s and had just two points after a quarter as the Warriors took 14 points from Wiggins on 6-of-9 shooting to take a 31-20 lead. He hit his first 3 21 seconds into the third as the Warriors put on a 20-9 run to take a 74-56 lead at the 5:51 mark. Durant didn't make the trip as MVP of the 2017 and '18 NBA Finals with Golden State, who is nursing a left knee injury. Brooklyn won 134-117 at the Chase Center on February 13 last year on Durant's return. Golden State was down to 10 players injured and the appearance of rookie Moses Moody with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, but did enough to end an impressive seven-game home run 6-1. Still, the Warriors appreciate Thompson's presence on the court so much again. "I think I'll figure out how to play well with these guys and vice versa," Thompson said. Having Irving only for street games wasn't that difficult for coach Steve Nash given the many injuries Brooklyn had. We've had so many injuries and stoppages, availability issues this year that a player of his caliber, even if just on the road, was badly needed and has been great for our group," Nash said. So having a player who plays away and at home isn't much different than what we experience week in and week out anyway.” “I'm hoping it gets resolved soon, but that's outside of my training, too,” Nash said . Nash loves being back in the Bay Area, where he previously worked as a player development consultant with the Warriors. "When I was here, I had no intention of becoming a head coach," he said. Warrior: Kevon Looney grabbed 15 rebounds. Andre Iguodala missed his fourth straight game with a left hip injury and won't be returning during the upcoming two-game road trip across Texas, as Kerr originally hoped, but maybe for Thursday's home game against Sacramento. F Nemanja Bjelica missed the game with back spasms. Nets: In Phoenix on Tuesday night after winning their last trip to the desert on Feb. 16 last year, 128-124, but losing 113-107 at home to the Suns on Nov. 27. Warriors: In Houston on Monday night after winning five straight games against the Rockets and two straight wins on the road in the series.

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Klay Thompson's clutch scoring against Nets relieves Stephen Curry, a great sign for the Warriors' title hopes

Golden State needs Thompson to be the top scorer in playoff time (Author: Gardener)

ThompsonSAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry stood on center court facing the opposite basket. His pose and gaze had no malicious intent, but instead was aimed at fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who had made a clutch-3 pointer just 12 seconds from time, ultimately leading to a 110-106 win for the Golden State Warriors over the guest led brooklyn networks. Curry beamed with pride and empathy as he understood how much it took for his career-long teammate, who went through so much to get back to this point. But there was also a hint of another emotion on Curry's face. It felt absolutely amazing,” Thompson said of his clutch 3-pointer. "It was a feeling I haven't had in a couple of years. Every time you make big shots or stop on the track, it will do wonders for your confidence.” It's no secret that Curry hasn't been doing well lately, shooting 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from in January the 3-point line - hardly appropriate for the greatest marksman who ever lived. Part of that, both he and Kerr have conceded, is due to the tremendous defensive pressure he faces with every single possession. That's why the Warriors' offense is 114 points per 100, despite Curry's shooting battles this season with him at the top Possession Achieves That already suffocating defense reaches insane levels in tight games at the track, giving Curry the confidence to count on his teammates to get through There remains - with a net rating of plus 12.5, but that's largely a product of their league-leading defence . They've accumulated just 103.1 points per 100 possessions in clutch situations, which is 20th in the league, according to NBA.com. Curry's shot fights were exacerbated in these situations, scoring just under 30 percent of his field goals and 20 percent of his 3-pointers in 70 clutch minutes this season, according to NBA.com. As prolific as Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Otto Porter Jr. have been, the Warriors need a second player they can rely on to make big shots and come out to help Curry. Enter Thompson, who's no stranger to getting clutch buckets in the most stressful and important situations — just ask the Thunder, Rockets, Cavs, or any other playoff opponent Golden State has demoralized in the past decade. Wiggins, Poole and Porter were phenomenal for three quarters in Saturday's win over the Nets, averaging 57 points together, but it was Thompson who prevailed in the fourth quarter. Never mind that he went into the last frame and shot 2 for 11 from field and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. Watching him confidently fire the ball in the final few minutes, you'd have thought he'd have one of his unconscious Klay 50-point nights again. After returning for his final stint with five minutes remaining, Thompson hit two jumpers, that dagger three-pointer from left wing and the last two free throws that put the game out of reach. Nine of his 16 points came in the fourth quarter and the will to seize the moment was palpable. Curry and the rest of the warriors were—and will continue to be—ready to do so. "It was a struggle for most of the night but Klay is like that when it comes to hitting big shots and big free throws," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the win. Even on a night when things aren't going well, he has the ability to get up and take the shot of the game." All season we've focused on how a healthy Thompson can change the Warriors and, by extension, the championship landscape The NBA They've been successful all season assembling offense outside of Curry, but we don't know how the role players and youngsters will react in playoff games with eliminations on the line, we know Thompson doesn't gets scared, and his track record in clutch moments is as pristine as any Warrior, maybe any player in the league. Even if he doesn't end up making the shots, Thompson's mere presence will take the weight of the entire offense off Curry's shoulders think it's important for Klay to feel those big moments," Kerr said after the game. "It's one thing to go into the regular season and play a few minutes and get your feet under it's another to have the ball in your hands with the game on the line.

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