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Instant Replay: Warriors' win streak blown up by Rockets in 2OT

Instant Replay: Warriors' win streak blown up by Rockets in 2OT

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OAKLAND – The Warriors’ win streak was snapped at 12 Thursday night, when the Houston Rockets came into Oracle Arena and pulled out a double overtime victory.

In a game crackling with playoff intensity, the Warriors were outscored 9-4 in the second OT and slinked off with a 132-127 loss.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Warriors in scoring, while Stephen Curry totaled 28, Draymond Green 19, Klay Thompson 15 and Andre Iguodala 10.

With the Warriors firing 44 3-pointers and the Rockets 44, the teams combined for 88 treys, the most ever in an NBA game.

The Warriors (16-3) were outshot, outrebounded and crushed on second-chance points, as the Rockets were aggressive from the start and never relented.

Houston (12-7) was led in scoring by James Harden and Ryan Anderson, each with 29 points.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Though Durant carried the offense for most of the night, nobody in a Warriors jersey did more comprehensively terrific than Green.

Green’s line: 20 points (9-of-15 from the field, 0-of-2 from deep), 15 rebounds, nine assists and two steals. He played 47 minutes and finished plus-1 before fouling out with 8.4 seconds left in the second overtime.

TURNING POINT

With the score tied 123-123, Curry fouled out with 3:25 remaining in double OT. Thirteen seconds later, Harden drilled a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a lead they never lost.

The Warriors trailed by seven before embarking on a comeback, following a Ryan Anderson 3-pointer that gave Houston a 97-90 lead with 7:21 remaining with a 14-4 run to go up 104-101 with 3:28 to play.

From there on out, the teams traded ties and leads until overtime.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

Rockets: No injuries listed. C Nene (rest) was declared out. F/C Chinanu Onuaku is on assignment with D-League Rio Grande Valley.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Saturday night, when they face the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Mychal Thompson wants Klay to emulate James Harden in one aspect in 2018-19

Mychal Thompson wants Klay to emulate James Harden in one aspect in 2018-19

Klay Thompson is a well-rounded, versatile player. He shot 52.6 percent from 2-point range last season. He shot 44 percent from 3-point range. He made 83.7 percent of his free throws. He averaged 2.5 assists per game. He's the Warriors' best perimeter defender.

There's not a noticeable weakness to his game.

But his father Mychal spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday to talk about what kind of differences we'll see in Klay will be during the 2018-19 season and he shared the goal he's set for his son.

"I think you'll see a hungrier player. He's going to try to get more versatile, try to get to the basket a little more, more free throws, being more efficient on offense that way. I always tell him, try to make it a goal to shoot eight (free throws) a game. Eight or 10, like James Harden does," Mychal Thompson told Ostler.

Thompson attempted a career low 1.3 free throw attempts last season. His high-water mark was 3.3 free throw attempts per game during the 2014-15 season. By comparison, Harden attempted 10.1 free throw attempts last season and has surpassed 10 attempts per game in five of the last six seasons.

Of course, the elder Thompson was asked about his son's free agency next summer. Klay told the Bay Area News Group on Saturday that he wants to remain with the Warriors for the rest of his career. His father said the same thing at the Thompson Family Foundation's charity golf tournament on Saturday.

“Oh yeah, you can mark it down. Klay’s going to retire in the Warriors’ uniform. He’s going to play at Chase Center (the Warriors’ new arena, opening in 2019), and he’s not going to be at Chase Center as a visiting player, he’s going to be a Warrior for the next seven or eight years," Mychal said according to The Chronicle.

Klay Thompson addresses impending free agency: 'Number one on my list...'

Klay Thompson addresses impending free agency: 'Number one on my list...'

Editor's Note: The above video is from June 6, 2018, after the Warriors beat the Cavs in Game 3 in the NBA Finals.

With the 2018 offseason wrapping up, the talk surrounding the Warriors will shift to next summer's free agency of All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

Thompson and his father Mychal have said several times during the last few months (see above video) that their intention is stay with the Warriors long-term. But that's not stopping speculation that the seven-year veteran may bolt the Warriors following his eighth season.

On Saturday night, Thompson reiterated his desire to remain with the Warriors in an interview with the Bay Area News Group.

“I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life. Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career,” Thompson told Mark Medina.

Pressed on the possibility of signing an extension with the Warriors before he hits the open market, Thompson left the door slightly ajar by offering this:

“It’s tough to say. I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors,” Thompson told Medina.

Thompson is entering the final season of a four-year, $68.97 million contract. He will make $18,988 million for the 2018-19 season.