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Durant lights up Rockets in Warriors' Game 1 win

15 May, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Kevin Durant and James Harden

Houston Rockets pair James Harden and Chris Paul rued their side's mistakes after they were beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Western Conference finals opener.

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.

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