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. Golden State also trailed by 17 at the end of the first quarter and by 10 at the half in Game 6 before rallying for a 115-86 win. The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, knocked down one three pointer after another.
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. But in the first half of the most important game of the Warriors' season, the team was unrecognizable.
D'Antoni added that when the Warriors went on runs the Rockets were looking for threes to "keep them at bay", but were unable to connect on the shots. Paul was massive in the critical Game 5 win that gave the Rockets a 3-2 lead, but in the two elimination games to follow Houston couldn't enough shots down the stretch.
Act 4 of the teams' long-running rivalry is guaranteed to be historic no matter how big a mismatch it appears on paper in Golden State's favour, as never before in any of North America's four major team sports have the same two teams met to decide the championship four times in a row.
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But because this is Golden State, the team that just two nights earlier did pretty much THE EXACT SAME THING, we knew why the urgency wasn't there. Houston was 7-of-44 from 3-point range in the game.
Given the talent disparity, on paper the Warriors should have no problem letting Cleveland hang around until delivering the final death blow in the second half.
Based on metered market ratings, Game 7 on ESPN was the highest-rated telecast across all of television for Sunday, May 27. Harden's 32 points in Game 6 were his most in a game this series, but the scoring output came amid another frustrating shooting performance.
Without Irving, Cleveland is even less equipped to handle Golden State. "It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to the finals". It's easier to go with the Warriors if Chris Paul is ruled out for tonight's game.