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Defiant Harden says 'no pressure' as Rockets host game seven

28 May, 2018, 07:37 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Golden State Warriors: Game 6 vs. Houston is the biggest game of Kevin Durant’s career

The Golden State Warriors were willing to take help from anywhere they could get it to win their Game 6 Western Conference Finals matchup with the Houston Rockets Saturday.

It was a valiant effort for a Rockets squad who, without their other All-Star point guard, was expected to simply hand over this game in preparation for Game 7.

Harden led the Rockets with 32 points but had just 10 in the second half.

Trailing 61-51 at halftime, the Warriors opened the 3rd quarter on an 8-0 scoring run. They came back to win the series, which ultimately led to Kevin Durant signing with Golden State in the offseason, ushering in a new era of Warriors dominance. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry quickly reminded everyone why they're called the Splash Brothers.

Thompson's baseline 3 in transition with 3:35 left in the third put the Warriors up 76-74, then Curry hit from way back the next time down over Gerald Green.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots against the Houston Rockets during the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland on Saturday. Even so, network execs could have reason to wonder if the lack of novelty could erode viewership - though if the conference championship round has taught us anything, it's that the best ratings tonic is often a seven-game series.


Warriors center Kevon Looney was listed as questionable on the injury report for Monday's Game 7 against the Rockets with a sprained toe. "We want to keep our same swag, our same positive energy", Harden said of the loss of his backcourt sidekick.

"I've tried my best all year to try and not talk about their age", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Game 6. ". I learned, as I get older, if you play with passion, you play hard, and you leave the game saying I gave everything I have tonight in those 48 minutes, you can live with the result".

Notable entries on Sunday opposite the basketball game are NBC's America Ninja Warriors, ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos and two-hour Deception season finale, and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 race on Fox. I remember one time actually losing a game against the Nuggets and leaving the arena in my uniform I was so mad. The Rockets just need one.

Thompson, who has struggled for much of the series, was big throughout, finally finding his stroke to the tune of 35 points on 9-of-14 shooting from 3-point range while adding six rebounds and four steals.

Paul had 20 points, Eric Gordon 24 and James Harden 19 when the Rockets moved to within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 1995 with a 98-94 home victory over the Warriors on Thursday. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala's absence in all three games. Houston went 65-17 during the regular season, including 15-9 in games in which Paul didn't play.

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