Houston, Texas, USA:The Houston Rockets blasted off right from the beginning of Game 2 of the Western conference finals and never looked back on the way to a 125-107 win over the Golden State Warriors to tie the series 1-1 at the Toyota Center, Wednesday night. The series heads to Oakland for Game 3 on Sunday.
The Rockets never trailed after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night.
Houston led by as many as 19 in the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.
Houston improved to 8-0 this postseason when leading after three quarters.
Houston Rockets made 16 of 42 3-point attempts.
James Harden had 27 points, 10 rebounds, Eric Gordon had 27 points, 6 3-points-made off the bench and PJ Tucker had 22 points, 7 rebounds , 5 3-points-made while Chris Paul, CP3, added 16 points, 6 assists.
Kevin Durant had a game-high 38, but only one other Warrior was in double figures (Stephen Curry with 16). Klay Thompson, who singed the Rockets for 28 points in Game 1, was held to 8 as the Rockets were much better defensively.
The Rockets were up by 16 to start the fourth quarter but Golden State got within 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night.
The Warriors made three free throws to get within 11 early in the fourth quarter before the Rockets scored the next 11 points, with 3s from Gordon, Tucker and Harden to make it 111-89 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play.
Durant made a basket after that, but Houston scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 119-91 with about five minutes left.
Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.
|Game 1||Mon. May 14 (WARRIORS WIN)||9 p.m.||Houston|
|Game 2||Weds. May 16 (ROCKETS WIN)||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