Warriors’ Draymond Green says he couldn’t believe Klay Thompson took layup in final seconds that clinched Game 5
Draymond Green admitted to being in complete shock during the last seconds of regulation, as Klay Thompson turned a near-turnover into a reverse layup that ultimately gave the Golden State Warriors a 104-99 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 5:
“I remember my heart dropping,” said Green after the Warriors took a 3-2 series lead on Wednesday. “I couldn’t believe this man took that layup… but you made it though (high fives Thompson).”
“That’s all that matters,” said Thompson in the exchange.
Klay Thompson on wild sequence late that led to layup
Draymond: “I couldn’t believe this man took that layup… But you made it tho (high five)
Klay: “That’s all that matters.” pic.twitter.com/ojLEj2Hexv
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 9, 2019
That play was the epitome of the Klay Thompson experience — it has highs, it has lows, and it has weird stuff like this happening at some of the most crucial moments of a basketball game.
Thompson caught the ball in the corner as the Rockets intended to foul with 11 seconds left in the game. The shooting guard found himself doubled by James Harden and Chris Paul, ultimately tossing the ball away before a scrambling Kevon Looney wound up with the ball and fired it back his way as he cut to the basket for a reverse layup:
A wild sequence there.
Thompson had no need to shoot with a dead shot clock, but managed to finish over the outstretched arms of Clint Capela and Harden, giving the Warriors a five-point lead with 4.1 seconds left in the game.
The basket was unexpected, but fortuitous, as it gave the Warriors a 3-2 lead in the series and put them one away from punching their ticket to the Western Conference Finals for a fifth straight season.