Steph Curry said he didn't want to go and then in an early-morning tweet on Sept. Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short. But the Rockets cannot let up the slack at any point over the 48 minutes. The Rockets actually started the game off shooting the ball well from beyond the arc. There's nothing quite like a Game 7 for the players -- everything is on the line in this elimination game. James Harden had 32 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the Rockets. Follow him on Twitter You've probably seen the images by now.
This time he scored 35 points with nine 3-pointers as the Warriors rallied with a huge second half to beat the Rockets 115-86 on Saturday night to force a deciding game in the Western Conference finals. After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Make that 7-3, because Durant hits a wide-open three. He hits both of his free throws. We had a lot of opportunities, missed shots and missed layups. Durant had 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am.
Thompson gets a steal, and dumps it to Draymond, who makes the layup. But those four stars are mostly healthy now, and the Houston Rockets had them wobbling until their own star -- their second of two -- got hurt. The Rockets are 7-2 at home this postseason. Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Thompson miss, Looney miss and then a Durant three off the Curry rebound. Warriors 97, Rockets 85 - 3:15 4Q: Gordon drops one in after the timeout, and after a Durant miss, the Rockets get another bucket, also from Gordon.
That earned them home court advantage throughout the playoffs, which looms large heading into Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the on Monday night at Toyota Center. There is history at stake, and if the Rockets find a way, there will be much to grapple with in Oakland. While James Harden 32 points, nine assists, seven rebounds , was magnificent for most of the night, you could see the effects of his increased offensive workload as he finished with nine turnovers. Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats. Below, you can see our live blog as it happened.
Thompson misses a jumper, and Harden makes a layup. Can Steph Curry and Kevin Durant once again rise to the occasion resulting in Warriors vs. The Warriors need to wake up sooner rather than later. Ariza fouls, and Durant goes to the line. Curry misses a two, and Capela gets the rebound. Texans quarterbak Deshaun Watson also scored himself a seat close to the action. He just competes and plays.
Kevon Looney has filled in for him the last two games but is also listed as questionable for Game 7 with sore toe on his left foot. The Warriors in Game 6 were determined to make the Rockets pay attention, or make them pay if they didn't. We've responded well to these kinds of situations in the past, so I'm confident. Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83. Durant hits a long two.
Below, you can see our live blog as it happened. There was no shot at it today. Getting off to a good start is important, going into halftime with a good lead and then finishing strong in the second half will be key. Paul was sorely missed in the third quarter of Game 6 where the Warriors turned a first half deficit into a blowout victory. I feel like I let everyone down.
I think he just loves to play. James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets' bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. He hits both free throws. But the Rockets cannot let up the slack at any point over the 48 minutes. We did everything well, except they outshot us. Curry gets the rebound, and takes it all the way for a layup. Thompson gets on the board with a reverse layup off the Curry assist.
After that Curry flurry, Golden State wouldn't trail again for the rest of the contest. Durant misses a jumper, and Gordon hits a layup. If that advantage isn't enough to vanquish everyone without facing elimination, then perhaps this whole winning-multiple-titles thing is as hard as Steve Kerr has warned. The Rockets will not pull off the Game 7 win if they make those mistakes. Thompson gets the rebound, and a Tucker foul for the Rockets.
He has battled on defense since Game 1. He led that sports section to three Associated Press Sports Editors top-10 national awards. Curry misses a jumper near the end of the shot clock. Rockets 23, Warriors 17 - 1:30 1Q: Livingston gets the steal off Ariza right off the bat, and Green hits a layup for Golden State. Curry misses a three, but Harden has a bad pass that Curry picks off. In the sixth game, we had this half. In fact, after Eric Gordon converted a three-pointer with 6:43 remaining in the first half, Houston wouldn't make another trey until there was 7:02 left in the fourth quarter.