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Warriors defeat Houston 101-92, advance to NBA Finals

29 May, 2018, 19:35 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • NBA fans had plenty of jokes for Jayson Tatum's thunderous poster dunk on LeBron

The Warriors trailed by 10 at halftime in Game 6 and 11 at intermission on Monday in Game 7.

The Warriors, on the other hand, went 16-of-39 from the 3-point line.

If there is anything to look forward to, it is the fact that there will be some very significant names on the free agent market this offseason and the Rockets would appear to be a prime destination. By exceeding expectations, they created unfair ones. Sample size became skewed.

You know what? He's probably right.

The Warriors are scheduled to host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday, the fourth straight Finals matchup between the two teams.

There wasn't a lot of similarity in Cleveland's and Golden State's seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another - both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals. This team had an average age of 25.6. The Rockets got 30 points on 27 shots combined from James Harden and Eric Gordon in the first half.

The Warriors opened as 12-point favorites in Game 1.

"We were in really good shape - really good shape", said an always-stoic Brad Stevens afterwards.

"I just tried to remind them that at halftime it was an 11-point game, and that's two minutes". While it only led to nine second-chance points because Houston shot just four of 14 on those chances, it was the kind of effort that demoralizes an opponent. Yes, they have the fire of Green and a talented bench.

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That Jayson Tatum was immune to the big-game yips is incredibly promising and keeps him on the All-NBA track. From the moment Andre Iguodala banged his knee against James Harden in Game 3, inevitability was tossed out the window in favor of a heavyweight fight of a seven-game series.

At that point, it was just too much ground to make up.

"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said. "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it".

From 1980 through 1989, the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers played in the Finals every season, but never more than twice consecutively against each other.

But after playing all 48 minutes in his 100th game of the season, punctuating one of the greatest series a player has ever had with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, he sure looks capable of more.

Here are all the Golden State vs Houston Game 7 details including the live stream and start time. "Happy to be back in the finals", said Curry.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, they became the first team in National Basketball Association history to overcome double-digit half-time deficits in multiple elimination games in the same series. Jayson Tatum (24 points) and Al Horford (17 points) practically carried the offensive load for the Celtics. There's also plenty more draft picks (call 'em assets if you'd like) in the war chest.

James continued to harp on how hard the year has been on him and Cleveland's franchise. The 76ers, Bucks and Pacers are only going to get better. That feeling when you walk into the locker room and there's no bickering; no comparing paychecks or resentment. It will be interesting to see what Danny Ainge does and how he handles this situation.

The cost of coming that close and falling short.



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