Houston, Texas, USA: Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 65 points as the Golden State Warriors won 119-106 the over Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at the Toyota Center on Monday night.
Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.
Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.
Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.
Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.
Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.
Both teams made the same amount of 3s, the Warriors got outrebounded but won the turnover line 9:16. Harden got 40 plus and they still lost by double digits. Not sure what adjustments are coming for Game 2, but it will be a fun game.
For both teams, the road to the West finals has been similar. Houston beat Minnesota and Utah, both in five games, and the Warriors had five-gamers against San Antonio and New Orleans. Heading into their closeout games, the teams had been humming on both sides of the ball — Houston was No. 1 in the playoffs in offensive rating (110.3), and the Warriors were fourth (109.1). The Warriors were tops in defensive rating (99.4), and the Rockets were second (101.1).
That’s no surprise. These have been the two best teams in the league all season.
|Game 1||Mon. May 14 (Tonight)||9 p.m.||Houston|
|Game 2||Weds. May 16||9 p.m.||Houston|
|Game 3||Sun. May 20||8 p.m.||Golden State|
|Game 4||Tue. May 22||9 p.m.||Golden State|
|* Game 5||Thu. May 24||9 p.m.||Houston|
|* Game 6||Sat. May 26||9 p.m.||Golden State|
|* Game 7||Mon. May 28||9 p.m.||Houston|
* if necessary