The Warriors trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half of Game 7, before mounting a comeback.
But just as they have done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors found an extra gear in the third period, with Curry and Durant suddenly finding their range from three-point distance to come roaring back into the contest. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.
Golden State also is a 12-point favorite in Thursday's Game 1. They still can surrender open shots everywhere, a flaw that seems fatal against the 3-point happy Warriors.
"The Rockets fashioned their halftime lead on effort, both defensively and on the glass, but when their offense collapsed in the third quarter, their verve dissipated". If the Rockets guard hadn't pulled his hamstring and ruled himself out of the series, Houston might have had the necessary poise in the second-half of Monday's Game 7 to hold off the Golden State Warriors.
Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two threes from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead. "We feel like we're really close, and we just need a good summer of work", D'Antoni said. At 33 years old, he just played an entire postseason game for the first time since 2006, when he was barely old enough to drink legally.
Golden State led by seven entering the fourth and pushed the lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Klay Thompson with about 91/2 minutes left. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. And given the way the Warriors play - nearly always together, nearly never with panic - this series was destined to end in a hail of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant jump shots. While, the Black Mamba looked to shut it down, should we just leave it to respecting greatness in respective eras? We know where we have to go. "We've got three of the best shot-makers in the league. we stayed with it".
The only obvious advantage the Cavaliers have is James, the kind of player who can win a Game 7 in Boston with a team that was without its other All-Star because of a concussion and couldn't shoot straight deep into the first half, with Cavaliers other than James missing their first 10 3s until J.R. Smith hit one with 2:54 remaining until halftime.
Like James' two 3-pointers late in Game 6, the dagger had been plunged and twisted. "That created more opportunities for the 3 and they went in", Harden said. They executed their strategy to perfection - the team's gameplan all season was to take high-value shots and outscore and outpace their opponents, and it was all done with the singular goal of taking down the Warriors and taking home an National Basketball Association title. I took umbrage with those.