Durant, Thompson power Warriors over Rockets in National Basketball Association playoffs
15 May, 2018, 16:14 | Author: Laura Christensen
Season wins leader Houston battled an entire campaign to seize a home-court edge throughout the National Basketball Association playoffs, but defending champion Golden State stole it away with a 119-106 victory Monday.
The Rockets might have a couple of superstars and future Hall of Famers in Chris Paul and James Harden, and they might have entered the series with home-court advantage, but they don't have anyone who can guard Durant one-on-one, and the Warriors exploited that glaring mismatch time and time again, all the way to a victory. Durant wasn't happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench.
"I thought he was very patient", Kerr said postgame". While he only had one official turnover he got baited into pounding the ball into the floor on many occasions and forcing up bad shots on others.
The highly-anticipated Western Conference Finals meeting between the two sides finally took place Monday at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, with both sides delivering an exciting first-half performance with the game tied at 56-56 at halftime.
"I think he's going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us", Kerr said of Curry.
"If we're going to knock these guys off we have to get a better mental focus", D'Antoni said.
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.
With every made shot, defensive stop and foul, the Warriors and Rockets showed in 48 minutes why this became an anticipated playoff matchup for almost 10 months. "You can't live with that and make mental mistakes", D'Antoni said. "We just got to be a little better". We can't withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open threes'.
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.
The Rockets, careful not to leave Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant open, tend to give Young plenty of room to operate.
"This Houston team never stops".
Durant had one of the best games of his Warriors career - perhaps his National Basketball Association career - in Game 4, scoring 38 points on 27 shots and leading the Warriors to a 26-point, series-defining win. You could lose a game in the first half by abandoning your game plan just because they hit some tough shots or whatever the case is.
Curry extended his National Basketball Association playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game. Totals 39-85 15-21 106.
Harden has been spectacular in all of the Rockets' series openers this postseason, scoring 41 points in Game 1 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 44 points in Game 1 against the Utah Jazz and 41 points against the Warriors. Assists-Golden State 24 (D.Green 9), Houston 18 (Harden 7).
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