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NBA Playoffs 2019: Klay Thompson on Warriors mindset: 'We don't want to give [the Rockets] any more rest days'

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Klay Thompson [NBA Getty Images]

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors handled their business on the road in Los Angeles and now hold the 3-1 series lead over the Clippers.

Thompson had been quiet throughout the opening three games of the series, but came to life on the road and will now look to seal the result when they return home for Game 5.

An enticing second round matchup against the Houston Rockets awaits with the Rockets holding a 3-0 series lead over the Utah Jazz, with Game 4 to be played on Monday.

The Warriors and Clippers will square off in Game 5 on Thursday, a game Thompson says will be important as they don't want to allow their potential next round opponents to have time off.

"We see our opponent (the Houston Rockets), they're up 3-0 with a chance to close it out. So we don't wanna give them any more rest days," Thompson said.

"We didn't want to extend this series any longer because we know how grueling the playoffs can be.

"We already let one slip away, so tonight we came in with that mindset to put our foot on the throttle and not let go because we let go in Game 2 and we won't do that again the rest of the playoffs. I really believe that."

Thompson ended the game with 32 points, going 12-20 from the field and knocking down 6-9 from beyond the arc. He attributed the bounce back performance to a dip in the ocean the day before the game.

"I told Jonas yesterday, we went to the beach, played some volleyball, I'm like, yo, I'm just going to go jump in the ocean," Thompson said.

"I know it will rest my mind and it worked. I don't know if I'm going to jump up north because it's freezing, but something I'll definitely contemplate if I don't shoot the ball that well the rest of the year."

Thompson's hot shooting night had the bench on their feet and coach Steve Kerr said when he's in that mood it brings an energy to the entire team.

"Well, when Klay gets going like that, it fuels the whole bench. You can see everybody jumping around. Everybody gets happy," Kerr said.

"We all love when Klay gets hot, it fuels our momentum. It didn't surprise me at all. He kind of had a quiet first few games of the series, so it was only a matter of time until he broke out."

Golden State can close out the series when they take on the Clippers on Thursday at Oracle Arena.

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