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Klay Thompson helps propel Golden State to NBA championship series again; 4th-straight year a Coug in title showdown

KLAY THOMPSON will become the third Washington State product to play in back-to-back NBA championship series' following his Golden State Warriors' Game 7 Western Conference finals victory Sunday over Oklahoma City in which he scored 21 points.

The win capped a dramatic comeback from a 3-games-to-1 series deficit, and sends the Warriors to a second-straight title showdown with Cleveland. They defeated the Cavaliers for the title a year ago.

To get to this one required a Game 6 performance by Thompson that re-wrote the NBA record book. He hit a playoff record 11 treys in that Saturday game and scored 41 points to lead Golden State to a furious come-from-behind win in Oklahoma City. 

This will mark the fourth-straight season a Cougar has played in the NBA finals. Aron Baynes was part of the San Antonio team that won the NBA title in 2014 and played for the title in 2013.

The last, and only other, Coug to win a championship was Gene Conley. He won three straight -- in 1958-59, 1959-60 and 1960-61 -- as Bill Russell's backup on the Boston Celtics.

In 33 total playoff games over the course of the three championship years Conley averaged 5.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Conley also won a World Series championship as a standout pitcher on the 1957 Milwaukee Braves. 

The only other Coug to come close to an NBA title was Craig Ehlo, whose 1985-86 Houston Rockets lost to Boston, 4 games to 2, in the finals. James Donaldson, another Coug with a long NBA career, came no closer to an NBA ring than the Western Conference finals with the Mavericks in 1987-88.


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