Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

The Houston Rockets Died By The 3 Against The Warriors

The Houston Rockets Died By The 3 Against The Warriors

The Warriors forced a Game 7 in the West finals with a dominant win Saturday, besting the Rockets 115-86.

The Western Conference Finals heads back to Toyota Center as the Rockets looking to wind up the series against Steph Curry and the Warriors, and claim their golden ticket to the 2018 NBA Finals.

With about 50 seconds to go during the last quarter of Game 5, Paul was attempting a floater when he fell to the floor. Then, when the fourth quarter came along, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson buried a exhausted Rockets lineup. ESPN's Conference Finals coverage averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals past year and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017. Victor advances to the NBA Finals. The victory also propelled the Cavs to the NBA Finals with a chance to win their second championship in three years. "When we do that, and we rotate, and we help each other we're the best defensive team in the league". In fact, they were 29-for-46 (63.0 percent) from 2-point range for the game. "I was just rushing it a little bit".

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But the Warriors tightened up on defense, contested shots, and their own shots began to fall, with two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson knocking down threes with machine-like precision. It is the highest-rated quarter hour of an National Basketball Association game on ESPN as far as records go back. Kevin Durant did, too. It requires nearly flawless basketball, but the Rockets have found success in this series and should have some ideas as to how to attack Golden State. He's probably not going to shoot that poorly again, but the real problem with Durant in this series has been how he can bring down the Warriors offense as a whole. The Warriors hung tough in the first half, absorbing wave after wave of the home team's offensive momentum and were down by 11 points at halftime. This leaves the superstar benched and Houston without one of its most important players. It didn't work. When Thompson and Curry took over in the second half, the game completely changed. Considering the ups and downs of this series and the mystique of the Warriors, it's about the best thing we can hope for. Game 7 at our house.

The pressure seemed to be getting to the Warriors as they made a slow start but that all changed in the second half as they went on an incredible surge to even the Western Conference Finals at 3-3. But do not expect these gritty, feisty Rockets to go quietly into that good night.

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