Warriors made us pay for mistakes, acknowledge Rockets pair

Rockets have last best chance to put stop to Warriors dynasty

Rockets have last best chance to put stop to Warriors dynasty

The Warriors achieved a 119-106 win against the Rockets on Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, with Kevin Durant being the best performer on the court for Golden State, as he finished with 37 points, three rebounds, and an assist on the night after 40 minutes of action.

He added the Rockets have plenty of time to regain home-court advantage in the series.

KD wanted to play all 48 minutes in the series-opener, and grew upset with head coach Steve Kerr when he took him out for a breather in the third quarter. "This is why anyone would want him on their team..." We've got to do a better job of not turning the basketball over, taking better shots and getting back and matching up - there were a couple of times where we didn't guard anybody and they got a dunk or an open three.

Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as nine early, but had evened it up by half-time and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.

Every NBA fan knew that the Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets was always going to be an emotional affair, and Game 1 on Monday night didn't disappoint. 'We're going to take that first punch and keep punching.' Game Two is Wednesday night in Houston.

I took a chance and predicted that the Houston Rockets would win this series, and while I never panic after one game, I'm not almost as confident as I was earlier.

"You're not going to come in and just knock them out", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

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Green earned his fastest technical foul in any regular-season or postseason game, picking up one with 10:53 left in the first quarter after he shoved James Harden after Harden made a layup over Durant.

The Warriors shot 52.5 percent overall and outpaced the Rockets 18-3 in transition.

"It's just a bunch of stuff we can clean up and we will". "I mean, there's just too many times we had mental lapses". But we can withstand that.

Durant poured in 37 points, while Klay Thompson added 28 - including six three-pointers - as the reigning National Basketball Association champions drew first blood at Toyota Center.

The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter.

Harden was a defensive liability and the Warriors directly targeted him. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. You could lose a game in the first half by abandoning your game plan just because they hit some tough shots or whatever the case is.

Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.