The Houston Rockets Died By The 3 Against The Warriors

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry will lead his team against the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry will lead his team against the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals

Throughout the regular season, some Warriors players suggested that teams keep things close in the first half because they're so fired up to play them, but eventually they get worn down.

The Rockets were up by 11 points at the half by the end of the third they were down by seven and ended up losing the game by nine. Stephen Curry came alive.

The victor of Monday night's Game 7 will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night after the Cavs beat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden on Sunday night.

Curry scored 14 of Golden State's 33 points in the third quarter as Houston's shooting didn't just go cold, it froze.

With Paul sidelined for the second straight game by a strained right hamstring, the Rockets needed a superhero night from probable MVP James Harden to have a realistic shot at dethroning the defending champions.

That being said, chances are that the Warriors will win this series, probably handily - they defeated a vastly superior Cavs team previous year in five games.

Following the Warriors win Monday night, NBA twitter was sounding off about having to watch a 4th straight NBA Finals between the Warriors & Cavs, and it's safe to say many people are sick and exhausted of seeing the same old story line.

Act 4 of the teams' long-running rivalry is guaranteed to be historic no matter how big a mismatch it appears on paper in Golden State's favour, as never before in any of North America's four major team sports have the same two teams met to decide the championship four times in a row. "And with our team, there's just so much firepower, we're going to get going". The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6.

The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game Six.

And since Paul was relegated to a sideline motivator role for the final two games, the burden Harden carries into the offseason for this latest setback is magnified. "I took that even as the way to do the whole pregame routine or how you go through two-line layups". It matched Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals: the Miami Heat and LeBron James vs. the Boston Celtics.

For the second straight night, National Basketball Association fans will be treated to a Game 7. ESPN's Conference Finals coverage averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals past year and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017.

Without Irving, Cleveland is even less equipped to handle Golden State.

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