Rockets' Chris Paul likely a game-time decision for Monday's Game 7

Golden State Warriors: Game 6 vs. Houston is the biggest game of Kevin Durant’s career

Golden State Warriors: Game 6 vs. Houston is the biggest game of Kevin Durant’s career

"I have no clue why our team is like this", Kerr said. Now the series shifts to Oracle Arena, a place where the Warriors have lost just one time in their last 17 playoff games.

The Warriors opened as five-point favorites at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for Game 7.

"Obviously with Chris being down, that's [tough], but we're a confident team", Rockets reserve swingman Gerald Green said via ESPN. It's a major blow for a team which is looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in more than two decades. The defending champions trail Houston three games to two after consecutive wins by the Rockets.

"Bottom line, we can't turn it over, and we need to do a better job", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They will eventually test it and see if there's any possibility whatsoever". Try to change it up a little bit, give them different looks.

James Harden leads all scorers with 22 points. In 1962, the Lakers, led by Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, scored 51 points in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of their Western Division Final against the Detroit Pistons. "There is pressure on everybody". Based on how the last two games had gone - with Houston coming out on the winning end of two close games - it would have been fair to think that this might be it for the Warriors. "We're not going to be coy with it", D'Antoni said. "We want to take advantage of it". Out for vindication after their stunning loss in the 2016 Finals - the first team ever to go out on three-game losing streak - the Warriors spent eight weeks on the attack.

Win or lose, the storyline for Game 6 is the same for Durant: It's the biggest game of his career. Prior to that injury, he had started in 11 games when Kerr wanted a faster, more athletic lineup.

For starters, Golden State, in an effort to force the Rockets into defensive catch-22s, has begun leaning considerably on pick-and-pop sets in which Thompson comes over to set a screen for either Curry or Durant.

"It's a bone bruise, and those are hard to predict", Kerr said. Let's just get that out there. "So you've just got to keep playing with whoever's there and keep going".

But the Warriors defense clamped down on Harden in the second half and the Rockets felt the absence of injured point guard Chris Paul, who suffered a strained right hamstring in the Rockets' game-five victory.

"It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to The Finals", Curry said. So I think we've been trying to get more and more movement and mix in the KD isos against the mismatches. We watched film, and honestly ... we didn't play great defence last night. They're really good basketball players.

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