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Just under six years ago, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a legend was born.

Klay Thompson made a record 11 three-pointers in a 108-101 victory over the Thunder – and with that came the start of ‘Game 6 Klay’.

That when the Warriors needed him most in the playoffs, Thompson would step in and deliver.

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Klay Thompson came on big for the Warriors. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

So naturally, the Golden State sniper embraced the Warriors again in a 110-96 win to seal the series against a tough Memphis Grizzlies team.

The Warriors will now face either the Phoenix Suns or the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

Thompson finished the game with 30 points while Steph Curry had 29 points with some crucial late-game 3-pointers to help the Warriors go home.

Kevon Looney and Draymond Green destroyed the Grizzlies on the boards, combining for 38 rebounds – six shy of the entire Memphis roster.

Memphis had done well to force Game 6 without Ja Morant, earning a dominating 134-95 win. But that victory came at home and this time the Grizzlies had to go to Chase Center.

The Warriors weren’t without injuries, missing Otto Porter Jr., Andre Iguodala and Gary Paton III.

That meant the Grizzlies had more than a chance to force Game 7 and trailed just 30-26 after the first quarter despite an early statement from Thompson.

He had 11 points at the time while Looney already had 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

Turnovers proved a problem for Golden State, however, with six in the first quarter as Dillon Brooks (12 points) held Memphis down.

Thompson (17) and Brooks (18) remained the leading scorers at halftime as the Warriors led 53-51 while Green had eight points within reach with as many rebounds.

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The biggest challenge for Golden State, however, remained limiting turnovers, having gone 8-0, 7-0 and 12-0 in the first half as Memphis stayed in touch.

“We have to slow down. The back door is not open…we have to be patient,” Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown said of the turnovers.

The Warriors still held a slim 77-76 lead after the third quarter, with Thompson and Green (37 points) nearly outpacing the rest of Golden State’s roster (41 points) by then.

Even Curry was struggling to start deep and it wasn’t just him, with Golden State going from 7-for-13 3-pointers in the first quarter to 8-for-32 since.

Then, with seven minutes remaining in the final quarter, a Desmond Bane jumpshot put the Grizzlies ahead, only putting the spotlight back on the Warriors.

Thompson and Green had done their part, Curry was struggling…so who was going to provide the late spark?

The Warriors are through to the Western Conference Finals. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

Well, Andrew Wiggins answered that call with a 3-point jump and a dunk in the space of 20 seconds before Curry launched from 3-point ground to extend Golden State’s lead to 95-89.

There was no stopping the Warriors from then on, with Curry also starting to find his rhythm and nailed a 31-footer 3-pointer as soon as Golden State pushed further.

Even when Curry was missing, Thompson then stepped in to jump 28 feet from 3-point field as offensive rebounds continued to kill the Grizzlies.

It was all over from there, with Memphis pulling out of the playoffs.

BUCKS BLOWS GIANNIS’ BIG NIGHT AS TATUM BREAKS OUT

Celtics star Jayson Tatum broke out to force Game 7 in his team’s conference semifinal against the Bucks.

Boston took a 108-95 win at the Fiserv Forum, beating Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee.

In 43 minutes on the court, Tatum scored a staggering 46 points, shooting 53% from the field and 47% from range.

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The 24-year-old forward also recorded 9 rebounds and four assists, while guard Jaylen Brown contributed 22 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Tatum snagged Boston’s 11 straight fourth quarter points to help thwart a rally by the Bucks, who cut a 13-point deficit to four on Antetokounmpo’s three-pointer early in the final period.

It briefly looked like the Bucks could be the author of another impressive win, after overcoming a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to win Game 5.

But Tatum and the rest of the Celtics wouldn’t let that happen.

“I think we played a little more tenaciously this game,” Tatum said.

Jayson Tatum left in victory. Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

“Our season was on the line. I knew it and we knew it. We had to give everything we had.

For the Bucks, Giannis had a huge game, but was overshadowed by Tatum’s brilliance.

The “Greek monster” scored a ridiculous 44 points with 20 rebounds and six assists.

Antetokoumpo posted the first game of 40 points and 20 rebounds since Shaquille O’Neal in 2001, but his third 40-point outburst in four games was not enough for the defending champions to advance.

They will have to fight for a place in the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston on Monday [AEST] — on the same day the team Milwaukee defeated in last season’s championship series, the Phoenix Suns, face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their Western Conference series.

Jrue Holiday scored 17 for Milwaukee, which remains without three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton, who missed nine games with a sprained left knee.

NBA pundits and fans erupted on Twitter, praising Tatum’s ridiculous performance.

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