Warriors Overcome Harden's Rockets In Game One Of Western Conference Finals

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Put another way, everything the Warriors do is easy. The Warriors don't have to be ideal.

Stephen Curry added 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists for the Warriors, who were outclassed early but battled back to seize the lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference final, which continues in Houston on Wednesday, May 16. The Rockets went 44-5 (an 82-game pace of 73.6 wins) with both Chris Paul and James Harden in the lineup, while the Dubs were 31-10 (an 82-game pace of a measly 62 wins) with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green all in the lineup.

Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.

What more can the Rockets do?

Steve Kerr wasted no time in going to his best lineup to start Monday's heavyweight bout, but Harden started hot as the Rockets outscored the Hamptons Five by eight points in nearly four minutes before Andre Iguodala left the game with two quick fouls. The Celtics will aim to limit James again in game two on Tuesday (May 15). "Like, 'Don't believe in that regular-season hype.' So, they're ready for this matchup".

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And even that number is deceiving. Central Daylight Time at the 18,000-seat Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Monday, May 14. This, to some degree, is the cost of Harden doing all your cooking. That matters in the post-season, you have to get more people involved. Not against the Warriors.

Harden needs more help from the other guys, but it may not matter. They're not going to win much if Luc Mbah a Moute and PJ Tucker (0-for-9) can't make a shot.

Well, it is that simple. Provided the Rockets beat them twice this season and will go on scoring binges of their own and should continue to play with the supreme confidence a team with 65 wins brings to each game.

"[The Warriors] do a really good job where if you take bad shots or turn the basketball over, you're out", Harden told a news conference. He is having a rough shooting season and opponents try to lure him into shooting more often. But is that enough to defeat an all-time great team like Golden State? With 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter and down by 10 points, the Rockets made it clear through their play that they had no interest in making a late push. Didn't even feel their presence. Here are some quick thoughts after the first game of the NBA's most anticipated series... Curry is probably Golden State's most important player, and the team is almost unbeatable when both he and Durant are healthy. Golden State gave the ball away nine times. He has a truly ridiculous impact on the Warriors' offense; Curry's incredible shooting gravity tears apart opposing defenses who can not risk leaving him open for a second once he crosses halfcourt.

Add in the fact that the Rockets showed little to no mental fortitude in Game 1 and things could get explosive real fast. He is a perpetual mismatch. We expect players, teams, and organizations to abide by some abstract moral code. The Thunder had superstar players in Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, but they were no match for the Jazz. He also is playing over 20 minutes a game right now. It's a tall order to do that once, let alone four times.