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Warriors star Klay Thompson reveals Michael Jordan inspiration after Game 1 win vs. Mavs

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San Francisco, CA – The Golden State Warriors took care of business in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. It was a solid performance by Stephen Curry and his crew that resulted in a 112-87 blowout victory over Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors won big in a game where Klay Thompson didn’t score a single point in the first half.

Although the Warriors star didn’t have a great game offensively, his contributions on defense helped his team get the dominating victory. Most players might have gotten stuck on their offensive struggles, and let it creep into their minds on defense, but not Thompson. He aspires to be a great two-way player, and he channels three NBA legends for some motivation.

“Marking the best player every night for 40 minutes is not easy, and going to get buckets on the other end,” Thompson told ClutchPoints. “But it’s something I love to do. All the best two guards to ever play the game played both sides of the ball. Whether it was Michael (Jordan), Kobe (Bryant), or D-Wade (Dwyane Wade), the guys I really idolized as a kid. They all competed on that side. So I just try to follow and do the same.”

After going scoreless in the first half, the Warriors sharpshooter came alive in the second. He finished the game shooting 7-of-13 and scored 15 points. He had two blocks on defense and helped the Dubs to their first win of the series.

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It ended up being a good game for Thompson but good doesn’t satisfy the Warrior star. He won’t be happy unless it’s a great game, and that’s good news for Golden State.