The Golden State Warriors put on a show in the second half on Saturday to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals.
Klay produced an offensive explosion as he posted 41 points and hit 11 three-pointers. "Game seven at our house". The Warriors' disjointed offense, miscommunication on defense and Houston's blistering shooting led to a 39-22 Rockets lead after the first quarter.
Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals. The Warriors are plus-68 in third quarters during this season, including plus-35 in the past two games, when the Rockets really could have used Chris Paul's calming presence. I'm sure Harden will step up and probably have his biggest scoring night of the series, but unless the Warriors hand them a bunch of turnovers to gift them some free points, I don't see the Rockets having enough to get the win here. Paul, who injured the hamstring during the final minutes of Game 5, is being called a game-time decision according to D'Antoni.
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ESPN matched its highest-rated National Basketball Association game ever with a 9.1 metered market rating for the Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals, according to Nielsen. The victory also propelled the Cavs to the NBA Finals with a chance to win their second championship in three years.
The teams will face off for game seven Monday night at 8 p.m. And when the Warriors made a run in the second quarter, Houston had the answer.
In fact, after the first quarter, the Rockets scored only 47 more points the rest of the game. 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. Paul has not tested his hamstring since straining it in Game 5.
If the Rockets manage to pull off the upset in front of their home-court crowd, there is hope for a competitive finals series after all, with Paul still rehabbing.
After the game, Curry told reporters coach Steve Kerr had some advice after his rocky start.