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Warriors win a physical game 1 against Rockets despite James Harden’s 41 pts

The loss has to be crushing for the Rockets, insofar as it's clear the Warriors didn't play at their peak and won in Houston by double-digits.


Kahron Spearman


Houston Rockets guard James Harden scored 41 points, and they needed every one to prevent their 13-point loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, from being an all-out blowout against a team they believed they could finally beat.

 

This appears not to be the case.

 

Kevin Durant scored 37 points on Monday night at Toyota Center, leading the Warriors to a feisty 119-106 win.

You're not going to come in and just knock them out. There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn't switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.

Klay Thompson added 28 with six three-pointers for Golden State. Steph Curry scored just 18 for the Warriors, and was targeted early and often defensively, via pick and roll sets that isolated the guard on James Harden.

 

Paul tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets. Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.

 

Frankly, the loss has to be crushing for the Rockets, insofar as it's clear the Warriors didn't play at their peak and won in Houston by double-digits.

 

Given the Rockets don't operate in many other options, it would be interesting to see their adjustments for Game 2 on Wednesday.

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