Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. After one bucket midway through the second quarter, KD had a message for the Rockets and it seemed to be directed at Trevor Ariza. I said, 'Look man, Rockets may be able to give you all some problems.' And they basically cussed me out right there on the spot. He came into the contest averaging 28.5 points per game this postseason.
We've had a feeling that these two teams would fight for a trip to the Finals when Houston signed Chris Paul this offseason.
Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 as defending champion Golden State defeated season win-leader Houston, 119-106, in Monday's opener, May 14 (Tuesday, May 15, in Manila) of their National Basketball Association playoff semi-final series.
The Rockets jumped ahead 9-2 and 21-12 but the Warriors battled back, taking their first lead of the game at 35-33 on David West's layup 2:57 into the second quarter.
If the Warriors steal Game 1 in Houston, their mental advantage may be too great as they take back home court later in the series.
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Barring a significant turnaround Friday, Lefty will miss the cut at the Players for the fifth time in the last six years. His tied-second place (T2) at the Valspar Championships earlier in the year was his best finish since 2013.
The Warriors have faced some major challenges in their run of two championships in the last three years, but is this their toughest one yet? Curry had 18 points and made only one 3-pointer, though he found a way to make an offensive impact in other ways with eight assists and a variety of driving layups.
While the Warriors had trouble with Harden, Houston had similar issues with Durant, who had 13 of his own in the quarter.
Green picked up a technical for his brush with Harden but kept his emotions just enough to avoid picking up another. He still was a -7 in the plus-minus category because the Warriors were so good.
"We know James is always going to score over us". That's going to be extremely hard, and you won't find anyone but the Rockets themselves or homer Rockets fans picking Houston to win at this point.
D'Antoni believes the 6-foot-10 Capela's ability to switch on guards as well as defend in the paint will be a key in this series. And you could argue that this is the best chance all three will get to add more glowing strokes to their respective legacies. But unlike Harden, he had more than just a little help from his friends.