Chris Paul added 13 points but Houston's All-Star backcourt duo shot just 12-of-32 combined. Each one of those losses has come in a different series, and none of them occurred in Oakland, California, where Durant and the Warriors have a ideal 15-0 record. We didn't switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups.
Boston, meanwhile, went 62-20, slightly better than this season's 55-27 record and upset the title favorite Sixers 4-3 in the Conference Finals and took Game One on home court 98-95 with Larry Bird one assist short of a triple-double.
The good news on Sunday for Houstonians is that the Astros beat the Indians to take that series 2-1 behind Lance McCullers's gem (5 ideal innings and only 1 hit through 7 with 8 strikeouts) and Brian McCann's McCanonball two-run homer.
World Peace, a 2004 NBA All Star when he was known by his former name Ron Artest, says Durant has not yet done enough to be regarded in the same bracket as the likes of Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
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The Rockets will attempt to even the series on Tuesday in Oakland.
The Warriors gained momentum when the Rockets failed to keep the offense going as Harden took his typical end of the first quarter rest. "He's aggressive and we need to feed off that focus and determination".
"A lot of it was just talking to myself, nearly like you've got to be your biggest fan sometimes".
"Tonight was all about defense and taking care of the ball", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.
"He's right", Harden said. "We were letting them hit first, you know what I mean?"
And while I'd feel robbed if this series didn't give us one truly competitive game - one game where both teams come out with laudable effort and crisp execution - there's not much question in my mind who would win that contest. Suddenly, they weren't totally committed to running Curry off the 3-point line - they left him some space. We had 19 turnovers. How often does Curry go more than a few games with a faulty jumper?