Warriors steal home-court advantage with Game 1 win over Rockets

Warriors steal home-court advantage with Game 1 win over Rockets

The Warriors walked off the Rockets' home-court with a 119-106 victory over Houston on Monday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The only thing that saved them then were crucial baskets of their own from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr subbing Durant out for a breather the Warriors closer did not want.

Harden played inspired, for most of his 35 minutes, finishing with a game-high 41 points and seven assists. He found open space to knock down three 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to turn a seven-point game into a double-digit lead.

"Yeah, he wasn't really thrilled and I probably should have left him in", Kerr said. "He can get any shot he wants".

Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as nine early, but had evened it up by half-time and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.

But Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the rest of a Warriors team making its fourth straight appearance in the conference finals, they don't fold at the first sign of danger. "We just tried to take their best punch and keep fighting".

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.

Golden State surged ahead again as Thompson had a 3-pointer and two free throws in a 10-2 Warriors run after Durant sank a 3-pointer with 7:58 remaining for a 100-87 lead. And if there is anything that is clear after just four wild quarters of this most anticipated series, it's that the Warriors' collective confidence is far superior to the artificial skin the Rockets wrapped themselves in leading up to the opening round of this heavyweight fight.

He added the Rockets have plenty of time to regain home-court advantage in the series. "Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay". We turned the ball over little too much.

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"We can do a little better job against them mentally", D'Antoni said. "(But) we don't have it. Steph Curry also had a postseason low, but the Warriors still managed to win by double digits.

Golden State will look to take a 2-0 advantage back to the Oracle Arena later this week, but for that to happen, they need to win Game 2 which takes place later this week on Wednesday from the Toyota Center in Houston once more.

I took a chance and predicted that the Houston Rockets would win this series, and while I never panic after one game, I'm not almost as confident as I was earlier.

"They're obviously champions for a reason", D'Antoni said. But we can withstand that.

While Durant served as a midrange gunner, recording three rebounds and one assist, Thompson scorched Houston from the perimeter, hitting 6 of 15 3-point attempts.

"This Houston team never stops. They made good shots", he said. "We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end".

The game did not get off on the right foot for the Warriors.

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