Golden State Warriors Rout Houston Rockets for Force Game 7
Reigning champs reminded rivals, NBA fans just how good Curry & co. can be.
Reports of the demise of the Golden State Warriors have been greatly exaggerated.
On Saturday night, the defending NBA champs routed the Houston Rockets 115-86 to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals — reminding their opponents and NBA fans that the reigning champs are not ready to relinquish the throne.
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and was the emotional heart of the team’s comeback from a 17-point deficit in the first quarter, but it was a true team effort. Klay Thompson led the scoring with 35. As Sports Illustrated points out, it was a return to the magic formula that the team is known: “(Coach) Steve Kerr eschewed the Kevin Durant isos and post-ups that allowed Houston to shrink the floor on defense in previous games. In their place, Golden State substituted the ball movement and off-ball cuts it’s become famous for. The longer the Warriors played their trademark style of basketball, the better looks they found as the game continued.”
Houston may have a problem going into Monday’s Game 7 at home: The team that finished the regular season with the best record in the league struggled to get its offense going with the absence of injured star point guard Chris Paul.
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