Warriors race past Rockets in NBA West finals opener

Warriors race past Rockets in NBA West finals opener

A 12-2 Warriors run that started midway into the 3rd quarter launched Golden State to an 85-72 lead, Thompson and Curry each netting 3 points in the stretch.

James Harden was the only member of the Rockets that was able to get close to Durant's point production on the court, as he finished with 41 points, four rebounds, and seven assists, while the rest of his team struggled to post double figures on the night. This is the most he's scored since the San Antonio series, which is a good sign for the Dubs. May. The Rockets attempted 37 threes on Monday, five fewer than what they averaged during the regular season. "A play can break down and you just throw him the ball".

"If you don't switch, they're gonna bite you with Curry and everybody else", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. So I'm going to get scored on, they're going to get scored on.

Durant drilled crossover pullups like they were uncontested layups, unbothered by any defender, for a team-high 37 points. Just like that, the home-court advantage now belongs to the Warriors, and this highly-anticipated series will get a gut-punch Wednesday if Golden State takes a pair in Houston. This is the dilemma for Houston-what do you do when Durant is cooking?

But if it were up to him, he would have done even more. "There were too many times where we had mental lapses". CP3 finally ended his conference finals drought and played a major role in doing so, but he'll need to be better for Houston to have a chance.

"It's nice to have home court", D'Antoni said. "But I do like who we are and what we've done and where we can go".

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Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time.

For Golden State it's familiar territory but this will be a whole new experience for most of Houston's roster. The Warriors will be waiting to strike in Game 1, but if the Rockets can win on Monday, it could give them a huge mental lift. Golden State undoubtedly has a sizeable advantage with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the starting lineup. That would boost their bench, which survived Game 1 largely because James Harden got hurt in the first quarter.

The Rockets are especially determined to attack Curry, who missed six weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee before returning for Game 2 of the second round.

Chris Paul didn't have a bad game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

"I think I was a bit overzealous, a bit amped up but I'd rather be that any day than coming out flat", he said.

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