Warriors defeat Houston 101-92, advance to NBA Finals
29 May, 2018, 19:33 | Author: Greg Lawrence
The Rockets had no answer for the Warriors in the third quarter of most of their games this series and it was that quarter that propelled the Warriors to another NBA Finals appearance.
The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long three-pointer and then Green made a three of his own. The Rockets missed all 14 three-point attempts in that quarter as part of 27 misses from long range.
The same two teams met in the previous three Finals, with Golden State winning the title in 2015 and 2017 and Cleveland emerging as the champ in 2016.
We went ahead and compiled of some of Twitter's reactions to the Warriors & Cavs meeting again in the Finals, which you can see for yourself below.
The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Golden State as a -1,000 favorite to win the best-of-seven series, which tips off Thursday. "Pressure both ways because of how big the moment is, and you've got to want it". The Rockets got 30 points on 27 shots combined from James Harden and Eric Gordon in the first half. Cleveland's Kevin Love is in the concussion protocol and will need to complete a series of tests before he's cleared to return, and Golden State's Andre Iguodala - a former NBA Finals MVP - wasn't able to finish the Warriors-Rockets series because of a bone bruise in his leg.
"I'm going to have to go with Golden State", O'Neal said.
James Harden, who had 22 points in the first half on Saturday night but just 10 the rest of the way, insists that the Rockets remain confident despite the blowout loss and are up to Monday's challenge. While it only led to nine second-chance points because Houston shot just four of 14 on those chances, it was the kind of effort that demoralizes an opponent.
The Warriors bounced back in the second half to defeat the Rockets.
This is what is most impressive about this Warriors burgeoning dynasty: There's been only one National Basketball Association team that's been perfectly constructed to conquer these Warriors in their with-Kevin-Durant iteration, and it is these Rockets. "That's what their trademark is; we know it and it's not like it's a secret".
Per ESPN, the Warriors are the largest favorites in an NBA Finals series in at least 16 years.
"They have the experience, they have better players, they still get the three superstars".
The Warriors are just devastating in the third quarter, and they picked the ideal time to continue that trend. In the fourth quarter Sunday, he made 4 of 6 shots, grabbed three rebounds and collected four assists. The Warriors are plus-68 in third quarters during this season, and plus-35 in the past two games, when the Rockets really could have used Chris Paul's calming presence. "You have to have endurance, you've got to have resiliency, you've got to have confidence in yourself, no matter how the game's going up until that point, that you can turn it around". "I look forward to taking advantage of it".
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