Warriors advance, beat Grizzlies 110-96 behind Klay Thompson’s new Game 6 feats

The Golden State Warriors pulled off the win at home in Game 6, earning a 110-96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night at Chase Center to advance to the Western Conference finals.

Game 6 Klay: Whenever the Warriors find themselves in a Game 6 situation, fans immediately reflect on Klay Thompson’s legendary performance in Game 6 of the 2016 Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he scored 41 points on 14-of-31 shooting and went 11- of-18 from beyond the arc.

“It just something that comes naturally,” Thompson said. “I didn’t go to sleep last night thinking of scoring 30 or shooting the ball well.”

That’s the type of energy Thompson channeled Friday night in Golden State’s close-out win, as he poured in a game-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and knocked down seven of his 12 attempts from deep. He also had eight rebounds.

Thompson was shooting just 38% from the field and 29% from 3-point range in this series entering Game 6, but the five-time All-Star had his most prolific shooting performance when it mattered most. And the Warriors needed every bit of it, as they shot just 36% from the field as a team.

Thompson’s seventh 3-pointer of the night put Golden State up 105-92 with 2:57 left, giving them their largest lead of the night at the time. He pumped his fists as he went to the bench during the Grizzlies’ ensuing timeout, knowing that shot was the final nail in the coffin.

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