Series Update – The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 118-113 in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal on Friday evening to secure a 4-2 series win, eliminate the Rockets and progress to a Conference Final against either the Denver Nuggets or the Portland Trail Blazers.
It was the fourth time in five years that the Warriors had accounted for the Rockets in the NBA playoffs and the victory was achieved without Kevin Durant, who was back in the Bay Area receiving treatment on a calf injury.
Stephen Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half, including 23 in the fourth quarter, with Klay Thompson adding 27 points.
James Harden scored 35 points for Houston, despite missing 10 of his first 15 shots, while Chris Paul had 27 points and six assists.
The Warriors will host the winner of the Blazers vs Nuggets series in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
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Game 6 Update – The Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 104-99 on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
In a fifth consecutive tight fought game in the series, Klay Thompson scored 27 points for the Rockets, while Stephen Curry had 25.
Kevin Durant finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for Golden State, but the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP strained his right calf late in the third quarter and limped to the locker room after landing awkwardly following a baseline jumper. It’s currently unclear as to whether or not Durant will be available for Game 6.
James Harden scored 31 points for the Rockets, with Eric Gordon adding 19.
DeMarcus Cousins could return for the Warriors at some point this postseason from a torn left quadriceps muscle.
The Rockets will try to stave off elimination in Game 6 back home in Houston on Friday night and take the series to a deciding game in Golden State.
Game 5 Update – The Houston Rockets had a 112-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night to level their Western Conference semifinals series at 2-2.
After losing the first two games of the series on the road, the Rockets now have the momentum behind them.
A late surge from Golden State got them to within striking distance of the Rockets, but they trailed by as many as 17 points at one stage in the second half.
The Rockets made 17 of their 50 3-point attempts, while the Warriors shot just 8 of 33.
James Harden led the way for the Rockets with 38 points. Eric Gordon added a further 20 points for Houston and P.J. Tucker recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Kevin Durant sco0red 34 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry finished with 30 points on 12 of 25 shooting.
It’s now back to the Golden State for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Game 4 Update – The Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors 126-121 in overtime on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.
Golden State were up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth period, but James Harden made two free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime a few seconds later.
Harden scored 41 points in total for the Rockets, including a 3-pointer to finish off the Warriors with 49 seconds left. Eric Gordon had an outstanding game and added a playoff career-high 30 points for Houston, with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers.
Kevin Durant scored 46 points for the Warriors. Draymond Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime.
Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.
Game 3 Update – The Golden State Warriors had a 115-109 win against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Houston committed nine first-quarter turnovers leading to 14 Warriors points. By contrast, the Warriors committed just 12 turnovers in the entire game.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, while Klay Thompson scored 21 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the third. Stephen Curry scored 20 points.
James Harden finished with 29 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets, while Chris Paul added 18 points.
Game 3 is on Saturday in the city of Houston, a must-win game for the Rockets.
Game 2 Update – The Golden State Warriors edged out the Houston Rockets 104-100 on Sunday, in the opening game of their Western Conference semifinal series.
This is the fourth time in five years that these teams have met in a postseason and the Rockets haven’t been victorious in any of the previous series. They are 5-13 in games against the Warriors in the playoffs dating to the 2015 postseason.
Kevin Durant scored 35 points for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
James Harden scored 35 points for the Rockets, with Eric Gordon adding 27.
An MRI exam on Klay Thompson’s sprained right ankle Saturday showed no significant damage.
Game 2 is Tuesday night back at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Golden State Warriors meet the Houston Rockets in Round 2 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs.
It’s a repeat of last season’s Western Conference finals which went the distance, before the Warriors won the deciding game. A place in the NBA Finals might not be at stake on this occasion, but another epic encounter could well be on the cards.
The Warriors didn’t have things all their own way in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually came through 4-2.
The Rockets overcame Utah Jazz 4-1 in the first round. Ending the series in five games will give them an advantage in terms of rest going into Sunday’s first game against the Warriors.
The Rockets are 8-6 against the Warriors over the past two seasons, making them one of only three teams to have a winning record against Golden State. In the regular season, the Rockets won three of four meetings.
There are defensive concerns for the Warriors, particularly with DeMarcus Cousins tearing his left quad in Game 2 of the first round series against the Clippers and being deemed to be unlikely to return this postseason.
James Harden’s poor shooting for the Rockets in the final three games of the first round, where he shot only 32.3 percent from the field, has led to concerns as to postseason fatigue.
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Few predictions for this series are likely to believe this will be anything other than a classic, but the home-court advantage and doubts as to Harden’s fitness make the Warriors the tips to justify their odds as favourites and progress to the next round.
It could easily go the distance though.