Klay Thompson says Warriors lacked ‘killer instinct’ in 2nd half vs. Rockets

Klay Thompson says Warriors lacked ‘killer instinct’ in 2nd half vs. Rockets

Klay Thompson says Warriors lacked ‘killer instinct’ in 2nd half vs. Rockets

It wouldn't surprise Curry to see the Rockets in a postseason rematch after the Warriors overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat Houston in seven games in the Western Conference finals a year ago. It's a matter of sustaining this level but if he's able to, James Harden could bring home back-to-back MVP trophies.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey indicated that Houston hopes to make some moves at the trade deadline after the Rockets topped the Warriors 135-134 in overtime Thursday.

With how well Harden has been playing lately, let's take a look at five stats you need to know from his last 12 games. James is on a new team this season, so the group is working out the kinks, but he's still managed to remain a top candidate.

Harden is tied with Hakeem Olajuwon for the most player of the month awards in franchise history, team officials said.

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Warriors star Kevin Durant attempted a 3-pointer at the end of the game, but missed. That would be the largest gap between the first and second leading scorers since Michael Jordan over Dominique Wilkins in 1986-87. Golden State led by 20 a minute into the second half, but Harden dominated the remainder of the quarter to get the Rockets within striking distance, contributing 13 points and 6 assists to Houston's 39-point frame.

Harden leads the National Basketball Association in free throws attempted (11.1) and made (9.4) per game and prior to the match Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Harden was "changing the game" with the way he draws fouls. The only player to have converted more of those attempts than Harden? Curry had 35 points while Durant and Klay Thompson both had 26. Harden stared down Draymond Green after hitting the game-winning three over Green's outstretched arms, then had words with him a few moments later.

Unfortunately, we've seen this type of story in past seasons, and it's never ended well for Harden. He's averaging 31.8 FanDuel points through 25 games this season.

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