It wasn't enough on Monday night, however, as the Rockets lost home-court advantage.
Harden had his entire team clear out to watch him dribble 15 times and then try to beat his man off the dribble.
"I thought Nick's minutes were important for us", Kerr said. You know how they get shots off in isolation-type situations, and they're tough to stop.
The fact that they were starting this series away from the friendly confines of Oracle Arena for the first time during their recent run did nothing to shake their belief in themselves.
"We want to keep the ball moving", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Just to be clear about what kind of armor the Warriors travel with these days, they've won a game on the road in 18 consecutive playoff series, well before the Durant era.
Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni chalked up the Rockets' loss to "mental mistakes" - turnovers, poor defensive switches, imprudent offensive judgment - and nearly considered Durant being a phenomenon a constant.
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.
Toward the end of the regular season, the Rockets were touted as the one team capable of stopping a potential third championship in four seasons for the Warriors.
"It's just a bunch of stuff we can clean up and we will". "There were too many times where we had mental lapses".
"He's one of the best scorers ever", D'Antoni said of Durant. But we can withstand that.
Young was wide open on all three three-pointers he made Monday.
Durant poured in 37 points, while Klay Thompson added 28 - including six three-pointers - as the reigning National Basketball Association champions drew first blood at Toyota Center. Thompson drilled the Rockets for 28 points of his own, his 15 attempts from beyond the 3-point line serving as a more demoralizing dagger for a Rockets defense created to limit those attempts.
Why it's one-on-one basketball for 48 minutes makes no sense to me, as the Warriors, a highly skilled defensive team, has an easier task when that's the case.
Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.
"Some games, some series, you make those mistakes and guys don't make the shots", Paul said. The NBA MVP front-runner finished with 41 points, his first game of 30 or more points against the Warriors since April 27, 2016. Totals 42-80 22-25 119. Totals 39-85 15-21 106.
It didn't take long for the action to pick up in the first half, as Draymond Green was hit with a technical foul just a minute into the game for shoving James Harden.
Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.
Stephenson also said in the memo that the company's head of lobbying and external affairs, Bob Quinn , 57, would be retiring. Sanders reiterated the president's statement, that the Department of Justice made the choice to oppose the merger.
But, following such an outpour of support for the show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was quickly on the road to being revived. As a fan of the show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine would do better if it was picked up by Netflix .
Iranian lawmakers also set the Stars and Stripes ablaze inside the parliament and burnt symbolic copies of the nuclear agreement. "If you can't get a definite guarantee, then the nuclear deal cannot be continued", he said.
One of the world's most popular video games is getting a major update on one of the hottest game consoles on the market. Nintendo has just revealed that Minecraft on the Switch will receive its cross-play functionality in June.
He allowed seven hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings and took the loss in his most recent start Friday against the Angels. Five times this season, a starter has been pulled after six innings of no-hit ball. "He likes to jab at me a little bit".
Now, von Trier has been given permission to return to Cannes , and he's doing so with The House That Jack Built . The film looks visually inventive, and I like the idea of Matt Dillon having a big role to sink his teeth into.
Li arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday for an official visit to Japan and to attend the 7th China-Japan-South Korea leaders' meeting. Forty years later, the two sides should continue to follow the spirit of the treaty, said the premier.
This lead to sun-filled skies, which in turn allowed temperatures to climb into the seasonably mild low to mid 70s. EXTENDED: We're going to see a chance of showers and thunderstorms for much through Thursday .
Democrats have expressed concern about Haspel's involvement in the post 9/11-era interrogation and detention programs. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and John McCain , R-Ariz., who is battling cancer and is not expected to be present for the vote.
All preparations are complete by the Election Commission. "They are misusing government machinery". He is contesting against incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency.
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He attacked Mahal yet again sent Mahal through a well to send him out of contention for the triple-threat qualifying match. Time after time, Roman Reigns has failed to recapture the WWE Universal championship from Brock lesnar.
Ricciardo expects a talking to ahead of Spanish GP
The spot sets up conditions for Sunday's race that Red Bull doesn't particularly want to happen anytime soon. I don't think we're necessarily struggling in the front or the rear but overall downforce is always good.
7 killed as blasts, gunfire rock Jalalabad
He said security forces killed six of the attackers after two of them carried out suicide attacks near the building's entrance. However, the Taliban is now taking part in its annual spring offensive and has launched a number of attacks in recent weeks.
Lalu gets six weeks provisional bail for treatment
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, however, did not attend the wedding. While Lalu warmly shook hands with Nitish, Rabri Devi also exchanged greetings with the Chief Minister.
Donald Glover pushed agent to win him Star Wars role
I know for Ron [Howard] and [producer] Kathleen [Kennedy] it's just such a huge deal to have him really, genuinely enjoy the film. In the meantime, Solo opens May 24 in Australia and May 25 in the U.S. and UK.
Angel Rangel leaving Swansea - but hopes to return
Do your best to try and win the game and we will see'. "After that, we can wait that a kind of miracle can happen". But Huddersfield Town's draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night left Swansea all-but mathematically relegated.