In January, Draymond Green offered his prediction for a Warriors-Rockets series

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It will be a summer of what-could-have-been for the Rockets, who couldn't finish off the Warriors without Paul after putting them on the ropes.

The Warriors unleashed one of their trademark 3rd-quarter runs as the defending champions outscored the Rockets, 33-15, in the period.

"I just tried to remind them that at halftime it was an 11-point game, and that's two minutes".

Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin and New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins used Twitter on Monday night to criticize the referees who worked the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets game for their apparent favoritism of the Warriors. They missed 27 straight 3-point attempts.

Their main trouble in the second half, though, came from behind the arc.

"Yes", he said, "because it's really hard".

James has reached the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, including four in a row with Cleveland. "They made them and we missed them", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

The Warriors dispatched the Rockets on Monday (Tuesday morning, Manila time) with a fine second half display in Game 7 to advance.

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It's obviously not surprising that a whole lot of people tuned in to watch the Warriors and Rockets, two extremely good teams squaring off with an NBA Finals berth on the line.

"It's incredible how long the National Basketball Association game is", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "And with our team, there's just so much firepower, we're going to get going".

Tucker's three was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.

If All-Star Kevin Love is cleared from his concussion in time to play, Cleveland can surround James with unsafe perimeter shooters such as himself, Kyle Korver, George Hill and JR Smith, forcing the Warriors to play James 1-on-1 - and possibly without one of their top defenders in Andre Iguodala if he can't return from his leg injury. We can get up and down.

It's easy for a two-time MVP to give credit to teammates when their names are Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Once again, it looks like Las Vegas is going with the Golden State Warriors.

None of the last three meetings between Golden State and Cleveland have featured this much of a disparity, though LeBron James and the Cavs have never been favored over Golden State. The Celtics shot just 34.1 percent from the field and 17.9 percent from 3-point range.

Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. More specifically: A second-quarter sequence that night.