Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Golden State Warriors rout Houston Rockets to force series decider

Golden State Warriors rout Houston Rockets to force series decider

Of the team's four All-Stars, he gets the least attention, but Thompson delivered a performance reminiscent of his heroics in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in 2016, when he scored 41 points with Golden State facing elimination against an Oklahoma City team featuring Durant.

Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4. In fact, that play - which the Warriors ran seven times in Saturday's win alone - has generated far more points in these six games (42) than it did during the entire 82-game regular season that just passed, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker (4) during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday.

But the Warriors closed the gap to 61-51 at halftime, then passed Houston before the end of the third quarter and pulled away early in the fourth. And roaring Oracle Arena went insane with hopes of even more home games to come if Golden State can get to a fourth straight finals.

Kevin Durant struggled with his shot, hitting 6 of 17, but still scored 23 points as the defending champions kept their repeat quest alive by outplaying Houston in the second half.

On Saturday, the Warriors were led by Klay Thompson's game-high 35 points.

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You better believe Twitter had a lot to say about the night's action.

The Rockets, meanwhile, have wasted no time disposing of vulnerable opponents this postseason, eliminating Minnesota in the first round and Utah in the Western semifinals at first crack after going up 3-1 in each series. "We want to keep our same swag, our same positive energy", Harden said of the loss of his backcourt sidekick. Hill was aggressive, got into the paint, and from there is both a scorer and a distributor in the last game in Cleveland. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game.

"I've tried my best all year to try and not talk about their age", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Game 6.

"We're going to come out and we're going to be ready". "It's a bone bruise, there's not sort of a timetable, it's more just up to the individual and how he's feeling, and we don't really know". Plus, while James remains a marquee draw, as do the Warriors, another meeting between them this year would make four straight Warriors-Cavs Finals.

"It would be a tough spot to put him in", Kerr said of potentially playing McCaw in Game 6. Now they go back to Houston where the role players are more consistent and the whistle tends to favor the otherside.

Boston gets their points by committee, they get the ball to the open man and he has to knock the shot down, whether it's Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown or Terry Rozier or Al Horford or anyone else.

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