It would have been easy to have lost composure, gotten disheartened or even flat-out panicked.
But with the opposing crowd of 18,219 buzzing and the Rockets charging in the teams' biggest game of the season, Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson appeared completely unaffected Sunday.
"I might have been worried a year ago or maybe even a couple of months ago, but I've learned so much this season," Thompson said. "I've come to grips with not panicking."
With things seemingly spiraling out of control for the Warriors, the steely second-year guard connected on two jumpers that were sandwiched around a Stephen Curry three-pointer to cool off the Rockets' run, and the Warriors went on to cruise to a 108-78 victory that kept them in sixth place.
The Warriors led by 23 points at halftime and were in the lead for the game's final 43:34, but things verged on panic in the third quarter when Houston opened the half on a 26-8 run to trim the deficit to 62-57.
Thompson's demeanor never changed as the sellout crowd's decibel level shook the Toyota Center, and his two big jumpers helped put the Warriors comfortably back ahead by 13.
"He's a different guy," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "He realizes what he's doing out on the floor, and he takes pride in defending the best, but he's a guy who's not going to be affected. Guys like that, you need their mentalities."


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