The Golden State Warriors will head to their fourth straight NBA Finals after defeating the Houston Rockets 101-92 on Monday night. It took the defending champs seven long hard fought games to advance to another Finals. The Warriors took the Rockets best punch by overcoming a 3-2 series deficient and winning a tough Game 7 on the road.
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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant all had huge games and played like they've been here before. Combining for 80 points and 15 of the team's 16 made three point attempts. Durant led all scorers with 34 points on 11-21 shooting. Curry was one rebounding shy of a triple-double with 27 points (7-15 from 3pt), 10 assist, and 9 rebounds. Thompson had 19 points on 8-13 from the field. Do it all Draymond Green had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Warriors had 23 fastbreak points compared to just 6 from the Rockets. They were a plus 27 from three (16-7) all while making the Rockets miss a Conference record 27 straight three's and making just one three in the second half.
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James Harden did have another 30 point performance (32 points) but once again was not very efficient putting up 29 attempts from the field and making 12 of them. He only made 2 of 13 from three and the Warriors made it tough for him in the second half. The potential front runner for the MVP now goes home without an opportunity to play for a NBA championship when he did all he could without the services of his back court running mate (Chris Paul).
Eric Gordon who once again stepped on for the injured Chris Paul contributed 23 points but also did not shoot the ball as well as he would of like going 9-22 and just 2-12 from three. He was a huge reason why the Rockets believed they had a legit chance to win going into halftime. Clint Capela who's was a huge factor in the later part of the series had 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Ultimately the subtraction of their floor general Chris Paul and the fact they shot horrible from three are all reason they'll turn to and say it cost them a chance to compete for a NBA Championship. They believed they had all the necessary parts around superstar Harden to get it done this year, but what a lot of people in Houston and all their fans need to realize is that it takes usually more than just one year to learn how to win. Just ask Golden State.
The Warriors now will head back to the Oracle in Oakland for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night and their fourth straight meeting against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.