The Golden State Warriors managed to squander a 17-point halftime lead and turn that into a crushing one-point overtime loss to the Houston Rockets. Klay Thompson took blame for how the Warriors looked different in the second half, including seeing their big lead reduced to merely six points to start the fourth.
“In the second half, the ball movement got stagnant. That’s on me,” said Thompson. “I took a couple ill-advised shots.”
Klay Thompson: “In the second half, the ball movement got stagnant. That’s on me. I took a couple ill-advised shots.” pic.twitter.com/ukiYEZ9NPD
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 4, 2019
Thompson was hardly the problem outside of a few questionable shots, especially considering he busted out of his shooting funk, connecting on 11 of his 20 attempts from the field and 4-of-8 from downtown.
His contributions of five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks can’t be missed. All including playing a team-high 43 minutes in the outing and taking on the tall task of defending James Harden for most of the game.
Thompson has had ghost-like performances in the past, but this 26-point outing is nothing to hang his head about, considering the massive array of mistakes the Warriors made at the end, none of which involved him.
For what it’s worth, Golden State’s offense often forgets about him, as the Warriors took eight shots in the final 3:48 of the fourth quarter, with seven going to Kevin Durant (2-of-7) and another to Stephen Curry (o-for-1).
Thompson did have a pivotal drive and left-handed fast-break finish in the overtime period with 40.6 seconds to go, but he had yet to attempt a shot since the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter.