Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Warriors sink ice-cold Rockets, head back to Finals

Warriors sink ice-cold Rockets, head back to Finals

It was the lifeblood of their offense.

The Cavs will in the National Basketball Association finals take on the victor of West Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets, without a doubt, died by the three. But without any juice from the Rockets' trademark long-distance shooting, the Warriors pulled ahead and stayed there for good, earning a fourth-consecutive Finals trip. If James hadn't averaged 34 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists throughout the playoffs, the Cavs wouldn't have advanced past the first round if they even made the postseason to begin with.

"We just couldn't quite knock them down, and to no fault of anybody".

The Warriors unleashed one of their trademark 3rd-quarter runs as the defending champions outscored the Rockets, 33-15, in the period.

The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own. He was doing Curry-like things.

After 10,000 people paid $10 each to watch Saturday night's game at the Toyota Center in what was a fundraiser for victims of the Santa Fe school shooting, Harden has no doubt that the home fans will be ready to help them out in Game 7.

With the win, Golden State advances to its fourth straight NBA Finals.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Iguodala collided with the Rockets' James Harden in Game 3 of the series and has not played since. They make another run, and he makes another play.

The Warriors had 10 turnovers, and not just because they were sloppy with the ball.

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs.

"This is the last chapter for our team this season", said James.

The Warriors bounced back in the second half to defeat the Rockets.

They might have to do it without star Chris Paul, who is dealing with a strained right hamstring that kept him out of Game 6.

Like most Game 7s, it wasn't pretty. Neither team shot well, it felt like a Game 7 with guys intense but it's sloppy. Klay Thompson opened the game hot - and was 4-of-5 from the field - but his effectiveness was dulled to some extent because he'd uncharacteristically landed three fouls in the first four minutes of action, forcing Steve Kerr to yank him early.

In the second, that energy led to the Rockets being up by 15 thanks to turnovers and offensive rebounds.

A miserable first half for Golden State saw Eric Gordon make it 54-43 on the stroke of half-time with an aggressive driving layup. Maybe more than the style of play is who is executing it and the Rockets just didn't have the shooters the Warriors do. It's unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 on Thursday, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James.

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