Not only did the Rockets jump out to a 39-22 lead by the end of the first quarter, but Golden State appeared to be completely unprepared early in the game. A few threes from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson put the Warriors up seven going into the fourth, but that was just a preview for the onslaught that was to come.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Saturday. I really hoped they would win that game, especially after a hot first half.
But Houston gradually faded, with D'Antoni using only seven players until its deficit reached 20 points.
"We did a better job moving the ball tonight, for sure", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. The bottom line is the Rockets showed even banged up that they can hang with the Warriors when playing clean basketball. Just, he's confident in himself and what he can do out on the floor on both ends. Curry was also awesome, draining five threes of his own. The Warriors simply hit their peak after the first quarter, settling into a devastating flow on offense while locking in defensively. The presumptive MVP was relentless in attacking Saturday, but his nine turnovers were a serious black mark on a gutsy performance.
Harden harkened back to a team-bonding trip the Rockets took to the Bahamas over the summer, saying he would have readily accepted at the time an opportunity to play a Game 7 at home with a chance to advance to the NBA Finals. He barely celebrated as he went, other than to hold his release, to bounce excitedly for more as Houston inbounded the ball, and to let loose one good fist pump as the crowd cheered him on. They're crossing fingers whenever Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and/or Nick Young are pressed to play more than 15 minutes.Читайте также: YouTuber and video games critic John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain dies aged 33
Fast forward about two months, and McCaw is suiting up - in the biggest game of the season. The Rockets can't blame this loss exclusively on Paul's hamstring injury, but his absence had a clear effect on Houston's already thin rotation.
"I don't want to go home", said Thompson, who made 9 triples.
"We like our formula", Kerr said.
We may actually never know if this was actually the same play which Duncan passed along, but regardless, it'd be an awesome story. Surely enough, Houston has taken a 3-2 series lead, and the Warriors haven't swept a postseason series.
The teams will travel back to Houston where the Western Conference championship will be decided on Monday. Only time will tell how much impact this injury to Paul will have the rest of the series.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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