Warriors down Rockets in Game 7 of Western Conference Finals

Iguodala Day-to-Day Paul Game Time Decision for Game 7 Ian Smith

Iguodala Day-to-Day Paul Game Time Decision for Game 7 Ian Smith

That's one of the more ridiculous quarter-by-quarter box scores you'll ever see and it underscores just how good the Warriors were in the second half.and how bad the Rockets were as well.

The series returns to Houston for the final game of the series on Memorial Day.

James scored 35 points, snared 15 rebounds and dished out nine assists in another epic performance that underscored his status as the best player in the game today.

Here's what they need to do to make that happen. And numerous Rockets turnovers were unforced. "Game seven at our house".

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How can you pick against Golden State? Harden is incredible at finding the open man in the flawless place. But the Rockets has to like their opportunities of securing their first NBA Finals berth since 1995. The way the Rockets can respond to this is by sticking with their normal offense, finding the mismatch and exploiting it. Why did they stop attacking the basket after the first half? This is the Rockets at their best.

When they built their lead in the first half, they relied on driving and exploiting an advantage in the paint. They went 0-for-14 in the third quarter alone. The Rockets therefore have tried to counterpunch by keeping premium lineups out there for it.

At the same time, Klay Thompson led an onslaught of threes for Golden State (Thompson had 9 threes on the night). In the second half, the Warriors outscored the Rockets 66-25 on their to a 115-86 blowout win in game six. Reserves played in garbage time, but the burden on Harden, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker was too high.

"If I get the nod from the trainers, Chris and the doctors, then he'll be ready to go", D'Antoni said in a conference call Sunday evening via ESPN.

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Final note: Basketball buffs will recall that those 1979 seventh games were won by the Washington Bullets and Seattle SuperSonics - two teams that no longer exist, at least under the same names. We can even do more than that. Because it's actually worked so far. He played 46 minutes the following game but still came up big with 46 points to send the series to a seventh and deciding game. He shot a miserable 6-for-17 from the floor. Houston and Golden State should be a thriller tonight as well. After some mild criticism for his style of play, Durant still had an impactful game-he scored 23 points and repeatedly got to the free-throw line to offset inefficiency from the field. Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat. The Rockets was without their star point guard, Chris Paul, who missed the contest with a right hamstring strain. Beating the Warriors is hard and there's no real formula.

For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant.

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