Warriors back in NBA Finals again after test from Rockets

Warriors back in NBA Finals again after test from Rockets

Led by Steph Curry's incredible 3-point shooting in the 3rd quarter & Durant's dominance in the 4th, the Warriors were too much for Harden and the Rockets to handle, who as a team shot a combined 7-44 from 3-point land. "It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to the finals".

Game 1 is Thursday in Oakland at 6 p.m.

Golden State are the overwhelming favourites to defend their crown and make it a third win over Cleveland in four years. The Warriors posted a plus-68 scoring margin in the third quarters for the series. They claimed their second championship in three years in five games. "This atmosphere is insane".

James led that comeback to Cleveland's first title, and now he's got a shot for another unlikely one.

For the second straight game the Rockets gave a heroic effort in the first half on both ends to lead the Warriors by double digits, only to look exhausted and miss shots in the second half, miss defensive rotations, and just wear down. But that second half was something, a lot of wonderful shot-making from some talented players. One or more of that cast of All Stars is all but guaranteed to step up when the pressure is on.

Starting June 1, Pinoy NBA fans can watch Part IV of the modern rivalry between arguably the era's best team in the Warriors, and arguably its best player in LeBron James LIVE on free TV via ABS-CBN channel 2 and ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.

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After the game, Cairney told Sky Sports: "We knew we wouldn't shrink in this environment". "Unbelievable, a dream come true". We need to be courageous , we need to make investment, we need to spend money to survive or to make a more important step.

A Durant three-pointer tied it up at 61-61 and Curry then struck with a three of his own to give Warriors a 64-61 lead, the first time they had led since a fleeting 9-7 advantage early in the first.

After racking up the best record in the league, mostly on a dominant offense, the Rockets were unable to crack 100 points in three straight games and shot miserably from beyond the arc, while missing point guard Chris Paul, who remained sidelined with a pulled hamstring.

"At the end of the day, the game is won in between the lines, and we have an opportunity to play for a championship", he said after Sunday's 87-79 victory over Boston. Perhaps as a result, Kerr plans to play his top four starters - Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson - for at least 40 minutes each. Capela was a huge factor, hitting seven of eight shots for 14 of his 20 points in the first half. Harden finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists but was only 12-of-29 from the floor and 2-of-13 on 3s.

It was their first three-pointer since one by Eric Gordon with about 61/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28. The Warriors, rather than the Rockets, could have been the team that shot seven for 44 from three-point range.

And on Monday night came an all-time terrible three-point shooting night from a team built on three-point shooting: 7 of 44 from beyond the arc (15.9 percent), including an National Basketball Association playoff record of 27 straight misses. "We're where we set out to be and where we knew we could be at this point".

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