And like so numerous Warriors' games this season, Golden State was lucky to head into the locker room down only 11.
Fueled by fueled-up Boston fans who must feel some sort of birthright to see their cherished team play in the Finals, the youthful Celtics again showed zero fear or hesitation on their parquet floor on Wednesday night during a 96-83 win in Game 5 that was never in any doubt. These guys train so hard and they're here and they're competing, and you want everybody to be healthy, but just the reality is it usually doesn't work out that way.
Without Andre Iguodala again, the Warriors shook off another awful first half in Game 7 on Monday night to rally for a 101-92 victory that made them the fifth team in National Basketball Association history to advance to the finals in four straight seasons.
Stephen Curry added 29 points and five 3s on a night Harden dazzled for long stretches with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while backcourt mate Chris Paul sat out sidelined by a strained right hamstring.
And as the Rockets sputtered in the third quarter the Warriors heated up.
"He's had a lot of gaudy games", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "It's a new team over there, so the other guys, we've got to lock in on their tendencies".
"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said.
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He played arguably the game of his life and still came up short against a team that's already beaten him twice in the NBA Finals. The only people I hear saying that are fans from other teams, which is natural. "I [had] seen the play happening".
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Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.
There wasn't a lot of similarity in Cleveland's and Golden State's seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another - both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals. But because of Golden State's hack-a-Capela strategy and the limited time left, it was too little too late.
What better way to take your first lead since early in the first quarter than with a Curry three-pointer set up by a between-the-legs dish from Jordan Bell?
Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.
Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.
An very bad start followed by three quarters of utter dominance, spot-on shot-making and lovely defense - even against one of the game's greatest and hardest to stop in James Harden. James and Love combined to score 100 points in the two games, but Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas were all shipped elsewhere by the Cavs in a series of trade-deadline moves. He finished with 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.
Green and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren't going well for the Warriors.
"We knew it was going to be tough on him", D'Antoni said. "Mostly I hate it for him". But that's what we do. "For him, it was about staying with it. Guys like Andre (Iguodala), Steph, they know, the levee - the dam - is going to break". It's great. You have to have that on your team.