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HCA: Klay Thompson reaches fourth consecutive NBA Finals

The former Coug will have a chance to win his third championship ring

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Former Washington State Cougar Klay Thompson helped secure the Golden State Warriors their fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals on Monday night with a 101-92 win over the Houston Rockets. Thompson and the Warriors will start their quest for their second straight championship on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm PT when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers who have been their opponent in those four years.

Thompson, who came up huge in game 6 on Saturday, tallied three fouls in the first four minutes of the game on Monday. After sitting the rest of the first quarter he led the team in the second quarter when he scored 10 of the Warriors 24 points. He kept his composure the rest of the game and only picked up one more foul in the third quarter and finished the game with 19 points.

In his previous three Finals appearances against the Cavaliers he has averaged 19.3 points in his 35.5 minutes per game. So far this season he has averaged 20 points and just over 7 rebounds in his 34.3 minutes per game.

This is the sixth consecutive season that the Cougars have had a former athlete in the NBA Finals. Aron Baynes, who is currently on the Boston Celtics, went 1-1 in the Finals in 2013 and 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs.



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