A team that features the greatest shooter in National Basketball Association history in Stephen Curry, another all-time great scorer in Kevin Durant, plus all-stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, does not need any help putting points on the board. Holding a 12-point lead at home Tuesday, they needed only to withstand less than 11 minutes for a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals with Houston. Fairly removed from my youthful fandom, I said last night's game could mean one of three things.
And he did it all playing on a tender foot. Kerr said the small forward is feeling better and making progress.
But even as the Warriors have remained in pole position among experts to win a second straight title, they had a roster that, if the right team could push them, and the right breaks went against them, had vulnerabilities that could derail their title run.
Curry couldn't get off a final attempt before the buzzer. Though the Warriors are still the favorites, they'll have to win a Game 5 or Game 7 in Houston to win the series.
Paul played a major role in the Rockets' victory, which ended the Warriors' NBA-record 16-game home playoff winning streak.
Relatively speaking, the Golden State Warriors' backs are against the wall right now.
"I thought this is the highest level we've ever played defensively, without a doubt".
Paul did everything for the Rockets in those minutes. The Rockets need Paul to be the other half of their dynamic duo with James Harden to beat the Warriors.
"I'm sure we'll look at the film and kick ourselves", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. I've never really seen Steph use that language, but that's what the playoffs brings out of you. They held the Warriors to just 12 points in the fourth quarter, with only three field goals.
That 3-pointer turned out to be Paul's last basket of the night, though he wasn't done putting his stamp on the game. Then, another from the baseline before a driving layup to the left.
The Warriors were without a key piece, one of their toughest and savviest components, 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, out with a knee contusion he suffered when he knocked caps with Harden in Game 3.
We've all sent that late night text to our crush, but sometimes, it just doesn't work out. Their 48.2 assist rate in the series is worse than the Rockets' assist percentage (49.3), a remarkable and surprising development.
James Harden finished with 30 points, including an emphatic, posterizing dunk over the reigning defensive player of the year, Draymond Green resulting in a 3 point play. Iguodala takes the pressure off the Warriors offensive weapons.
Warriors: Curry picked up his third foul at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter and took a seat and Golden State was limited to 18 points in the period.
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