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Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
NBA: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas at 9:00 PM ET, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The Golden State Warriors look to extend their dominance over the Houston Rockets in game 2 of their conference final from the Toyota Center on Wednesday evening. The Rockets were thrashed 119-106 in game 1.
Warriors turn up the heat on Rockets
For all that the Golden State Warriors have been through, you may have expected something closer to adversity when they met the Houston Rockets in game 1. What you got was a blowout that became increasingly rare as the 2017-18 NBA season progressed.
The Warriors cruised their way to a 119-106 win, despite being tied at 56 at halftime. Kevin Durant turned up the heat on the Rockets with 37 points. Stephen Curry scored 18 points. And Draymond Green received a technical in the first quarter in another sterling defensive performance. So, business as usual for the Warriors!
“Houston, they never stop,” Durant said. “They are always in the game with 3-point shots. We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end.”
Harden good, Warriors just too good
James Harden did what he could to stave off the surging Warriors. But the Rockets just came up short against a team at the top of their game, that’s all game 1 was. That, therefore, becomes a problem because the Rockets despite being clinical were still well behind Golden State.
“You’re not going to come in and just knock them out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn’t switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.”
Harden scored 41 points for the Rockets. Chris Paul added 11 rebounds to go with his 23 points. Clint Capela chipped in with 12 rebounds and six boards. Eric Gordon had 15 points from the bench.
Golden State Warriors are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Finals games.
- 43-21-3 ATS in their last 67 Wednesday games.
Houston Rockets are:
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 6-18 ATS in their last 24 vs. NBA Pacific.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
The Warriors are just too skilled and too clinical to mess up at such a crucial juncture in the season. Durant and Curry are playoffs veterans, strengthened by years of experience in situations similar to this. They’ll know finishing off the Rockets mentally is the best way to go. Expect them to drag the Warriors to a 2-0 lead going into the Bay Area.