OAKLAND -- Eight nights earlier, he was the man who gave the Warriors a chance against the heavily favored San Antonio Spurs. By scoring 34 points in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series, Klay Thompson became Robin to Stephen Curry's Batman.

But the second-year shooting guard was rarely heard from again, and Thursday night he had just 10 points as Golden State bowed out of the NBA postseason with a 94-82 loss at Oracle Arena.

With Curry and center Andrew Bogut fighting nagging ankle injuries throughout the series and rookie Harrison Barnes shaken by a blow to the head late in the second quarter Thursday, the Warriors needed a lift from Thompson.

When he finally gave it to them, scoring eight points over the game's final 15-plus minutes, it was too late and not enough.

"Part of it was them, but a lot of it was just me missing shots I made in Game 2," Thompson said. "It was tough. I just didn't make the shots I was making."

With 1:50 left and the Warriors trailing 85-79, Thompson lined up for a wide-open 3-point try from the top of the key. The ball circled the rim and spun off, and with it went Golden State's last real comeback shot.

"I would have bet my whole salary that was going in," Thompson said. "Right when it left my hand, as a shooter you know. That felt great. It happens sometimes. Frustrating misses."


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Thompson shot just 34 percent and averaged barely 10 points over the final four games of the series. He said he didn't become fatigued or frustrated, but teammate Jarrett Jack said the Spurs made life tough for him.

"They get a lot of praise for what they do on the offensive end, but they're just as cohesive, just as tight on the defensive end," Jack said. "Klay's a tremendous player. Definitely he's going to grow from this experience."

Coming off a four-point effort in the blowout loss at San Antonio on Tuesday, Thompson was scoreless in this one until 29 seconds left in the first half, and had just two points entering the final 4 minutes of the third quarter.

Thompson became a full-time starter this season following the spring 2012 departure of Monta Ellis. Thompson averaged 16.6 during the regular season, providing an understated but steady complement to the explosive Curry.

After Golden State squandered a huge lead and lost Game 1 at San Antonio, Thompson rescued the series. His 34-point performance in Game 2 included 8 for 9 shooting from the 3-point line, and he added a career-best 14 rebounds.

Coach Mark Jackson hailed the duo of Curry and Thompson as the best-shooting backcourt in NBA history, and at the time there was at least some tangible evidence. The two combined for 119 points in the first two games of this series.

But the Spurs gave Thompson more defensive attention thereafter and threw him off his rhythm. In Games 3, 4 and 5, he shot a combined 14 for 41 from the field and averaged just 10.3 points.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his defense tried to shade a second player toward Thompson or Curry whenever they got the ball. "I thought we were much more aggressive after Game 2," he said.

Thompson said he likely won't watch basketball for the next couple weeks. "Still hurts," he said.

But he said the Warriors will be back.

"No question, such a young team, such a young core," he said. "I think it's just the beginning for this franchise."