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CouGreat Klay Thompson has a night for the ages, forces Game 7 in NBA Western Conference finals

MARV ALBERT has been calling NBA games since 1967. But Klay Thompson's sharpshooting in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals nearly left him speechless as Thompson willed Golden State to a furious finish to force a Game 7.

“That last 3-pointer is one of the most incredible 3-point shots I’ve ever seen. Without looking, he just turned and fired,” Albert said after Thompson buried his ninth 3-pointer of the night.

The NBA record for treys in a playoff game was nine. Thompson canned 11 treys in Golden State’s improbable 108-101 win over Oklahoma City.

Improbable because OKC, playing at home, maintained a healthy lead throughout most of the game. Improbable because the Thunder held a 7-point lead with less than five minutes remaining, and yet Thompson somehow led the Warriors to a 7-point win.

“That’s all heart and will,” marveled Albert’s broadcast partner and analyst Chris Webber after Thompson drilled his second to last 3-pointer.

Thompson finished with 41 points in 40 minutes. He was the sole reason Golden State stayed within striking distance and ultimately came storming back for the win in an elimination game for the Warriors. And believe it or not, he started off slowly in the game.

"I should have had at least 13 (3-pointers) because I missed some wide-open looks early," Thompson said after the game.

No matter, ESPN called it “one of the most impressive clutch-shooting nights of all time.”  TNT analyst Charles Barkley after the game wondered if "The Fisherman" would fit Thompson for a nickname, such was his "catch and release" prowess.

Game 7 is Monday at 6 p.m. on TNT.

To watch every one of Thompson’s 3-pointers to force a Game 7, CLICK HERE.



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