Klay Thompson was unconscious from the three-point line Sunday as the Golden State Warriors escaped Oklahoma City with a victory to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.
Thompson hit a NBA playoff record 11 three pointers as Warriors starved off elimination in a hostile Chesapeake Arena where Thunder produced dominating performances in Games 3 and 4.
The Force was with Klay Thompson
After Sunday’s victory, Thompson, a huge fan of Star Wars, revealed that he wore his lucky Yoda socks to bring out his jedi powers. “I brought my Yoda socks to bring out my Jedi powers,” the all-star told The Vertical after the greatest shooting performance in playoffs history.
Thompson’s 41 points were the third most scored by a player in an elimination game and ranked up there with LeBron James’ legendary showing against Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.
Most Points On Road In Elimination Game
LeBron James – 45 (2012 Conference Finals)
George Gervin – 42 (1979 Conference Finals)
Klay Thompson – 41 (2016 Conference Finals)
Julius Erving – 40 (1977 NBA Finals)
Draymond’s pep talk
Thompson, who made the All NBA Third Team for a second consecutive season, credited teammate Draymond Green for an inspirational speech before Game 6. “It was a terrible feeling after we took that ‘L.’ Draymond stood up and said, ‘Let’s embrace this. We’ve made history all year and we can do it again, to get where we want to go,’ ” Thompson said, before adding, “Embrace the challenge, that’s what champions do.”
Though Thunder led the Warriors for most of Sunday’s game, Thompson kept the reigning champions in the contest with his incredible shooting. “All that will come with winning. I realize that. I’m just focused on getting to the championship again. All the extra stuff, the stuff off the court, it will come. Just be patient. It’s not my top priority. I just love to hoop.”
Klay Thompson plans to wash his lucky yoda socks in time for Game 7 on Monday. “We realize this team (Thunder) is going to be hungry on Monday and we didn’t come this far to end it on Monday.”
Gotta be the socks ? pic.twitter.com/jZ4sfb28ef
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) May 29, 2016