With James Harden sidelined, the Rockets could not muster up enough to beat the defending champs and dropped the second game of the season series to their rivals from the bay.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and was one of five Warriors scoring in double digits. "Timing could still get a little bit better with the ball and things like that when you start to get so excited, still when I'm out there missing six weeks is still appreciative of being out there playing". And if he has that look in his eyes, he's a problem. Houston has been planning for this showdown for some time now, having built a team capable of competing with the Warriors.
Only once in those three-plus seasons have the Warriors lost a playoff series - and it took the greatest player of his generation, LeBron James, leading his team back from a three-games-to-one deficit in the NBA Finals, aided by a Draymond Green suspension. I think the people will have a great time watching that series, because you have great players out there. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction. But Durant is confident that the reigning champions seeking their fourth straight National Basketball Association finals appearance have a team versatile enough to adapt to the challenges posed by the Rockets.
Paul was instrumental in building a halftime advantage for the Rockets, snapping a 43-all tie with two free throws before drilling consecutive 3s inside the final minute of the first half.
Durant was ready to face the Rockets in the big clash. I think all the experts think they have it figured out, and I don't think they do. General manager Dennis Lindsey says the team will be focused on internal improvements first during the offseason.
While Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker and later Steph Curry became Western Conference Finals staples, and even Mike Conley - a CP3 facsimile - got in on the action, Paul's teams never made it past the second round of the playoffs. The point guard played a crucial role in helping them make a fourth straight Western Conference final.
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"Unbelievable", Harden said after the game. In 11 games, he chipped in 24.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.5 steals.
"It's just fun", he said.
The Warriors guard has since started all the games and said after Game 4 that he was slowly but surely getting his timing back.
"Know what I'm saying?"
"They got us. We got them", Green said.
Cavaliers 128 - Raptors 93: Not even close
Smith, Jeff Green , and George Hill each averaged double-digit points per game while shooting efficiently in the second round. The Raptors shot just 26.7 per cent from three-point range and were led in scoring by center Jonas Valanciunas' 18 points.