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Warriors steal home-court advantage with Game 1 win over Rockets

Warriors steal home-court advantage with Game 1 win over Rockets

He found open space to knock down three 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to turn a seven-point game into a double-digit lead.

James Harden got cooking early with nine points in the first 1:49 of regulation; however, for every shot he hit the rest of the night, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant were poised to strike right back. This is the most he's scored since the San Antonio series, which is a good sign for the Dubs. May.

But now we've got the match-up many expected and hoped for.

The Warriors shot 52.5 percent overall and outpaced the Rockets 18-3 in transition. I saw so much space between he and the closest defender, you'd think a oil tanker spanning the girth of the Houston Ship Channel could fit through the amount of space created. Head coach Mike D'Antoni says his team has to put the loss behind them and focus on Game 2 Wednesday night.

All of that, however, probably won't be enough for them to get by Golden State.

Durant finished with 37 points on 14-of-27 shooting. The Warriors took control with a 1-0 lead of a playoff series that seemed inevitable since last summer.

"If that's the game plan they want to stick with, my job is just to make it as tough as possible", said Curry, who had 18 points.

But if it were up to him, he would have done even more. "But we can't have that and mental mistakes". They can't beat themselves. CP3 finally ended his conference finals drought and played a major role in doing so, but he'll need to be better for Houston to have a chance.

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While Kerr had joked about the concept of taking the Warriors as underdogs, D'Antoni brushed off the idea that his team was the favorite during his pregame news conference.

Either the Warriors, seeking their 3rd crown in 4 seasons, or the Rockets, who had the best record in the NBA this season, will face Cleveland or Boston in the NBA Finals. No, they're not gonna win a game ... "Now we've got to go get it".

The Hamptons Five starting lineup will get all of the hype, but it wasn't Golden State's most effective lineup in Game 1. Draymond Green picked up a technical foul a little over a minute into the game. Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.

The Rockets, particularly probable MVP James Harden, accepted Curry's invitation often during Game 1.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Clint Capela's defense was as good as advertised, but his rebounding was not.

Eric Gordon's 3-pointer to open the scoring in the 4th quarter pulled the Rockets within 87-83.