The Rockets didn't appear to miss Chris Paul early on, outscoring Golden State 39-22 in the opening frame, including an 8-1 advantage in 3-pointers. Golden State eventually found some sort of rhythm in the second quarter, bringing the deficit back down to 10 by halftime.
But Golden State came back strong in the third quarter, going 7-for-11 from three.
Klay Thompson scored 35 points to lead all scorers in Game 6 and drilled 9 of 14 three pointers in his highest-scoring output of the 2018 playoffs. His best game was against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 22, when he had a career-high 20 points on nine-for-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.
"I guess you could say I was born for it. Man, that felt good", Thompson said.
The series is tied 3-3.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and center Clint Capela during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday.
"I feel like we're the best team in the world and most fun team in the world to watch when we're pushing that ball, getting defensive stops and making plays", he said. "I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career", Thompson said. He was a flawless 37-for-37 from the line in the series through five games, and then missed four (10-of-14) free throws. Wait. 31-9? Yes, Houston hit only four shots in the last period, and Luc Mbah a Moute missed the team's only free throw attempts. We'll see if they can carry that into Game 7.
Though his stoic, quietly confident demeanor is his trademark, the fire comes out of Klay occasionally - like it did on Saturday, or last summer in China - and the Warriors know that when it reveals itself, it's a good sign.
This Houston group hasn't been to the Finals, and they haven't been to a Game 7 in the Conference Finals (the Warriors beat the Thunder in Game 7 of the WCF two years ago, for example).
The Rockets had a tough hill to climb in this game, needing a win on the road without Chris Paul, who suffered a hamstring injury in the closing moments of Game 5.
Both the Western and Eastern Conference finals are going seven games. I remember one time actually losing a game against the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform I was so mad.
"We like our formula", Kerr said.
Iguodala is listed on the injury report as questionable for Game 6 and Kerr said he didn't have an update on his condition on Friday.
The Warriors bounced back with a solid second quarter before unloading a second-half onslaught that sucked the life out of the Rockets in a 115-86 win to force a Game 7 on Monday in Houston with an NBA Finals berth at stake.