Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Warriors reach fourth straight NBA Finals with win over Houston

For the quarter the Rockets went 0-for-14 from deep, and went on a stretch through the fourth quarter where they missed an National Basketball Association playoff record 27 3-pointers in a row.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni insists his team has "the right formula" despite seeing it miss a playoff-record 27 straight 3-pointers in the Game 7 loss to the Warriors.

Both teams played remarkable defense these last three games.

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead the Celtics, who lost at home for the first time this postseason in 11 games. "We've got three of the best shot makers in the league, and they all got hot at different points of the second half".

To find out how to watch a live stream of the decisive Game 7 in the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA Western Conference final series, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs. "That created more opportunities for the 3 and they went in", Harden said. We saw where the bar was this year, but we just couldn't quite get there. The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, knocked down one three pointer after another. "If we get a couple of stops and a few threes we're back in it", Kerr said. Boston was 7-for-39 from three-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.

Houston finally found a little offence after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short. It's unclear if the 2015 NBA Finals MVP will return for Game 1 on Thursday, but if he does it will give Golden State a boost in trying to slow down James.

Golden State, after trailing by 11 points at the intermission, outscored the Rockets 33-15 in the third period. Their offensive production gave Golden State the lift that they needed in order to get the separation to come out on top on the road.

Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter. He was one of the first to truly unlock the value of the 3-point line and used the pick-and-roll to tremendous effect in his "Seven Seconds or Less" offense.

Paul averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists during the playoffs and was competing in the conference finals for the first time in his career.

Like most Game 7s, it wasn't pretty. Terry Rozier was 2-14 from the filed and 0-10 from downtown, Marcus Smart was 1-10 from the field and 0-4 from downtown, Marcus Morris was 5-14 from the field and 2-6 from downtown, and Jaylen Brown was 5-18 from the field and 3-12 from downtown.

While Clint Capela (20 points, nine rebounds) and Tucker (14 points, 12rebounds) delivered on the interior, the Rockets were undone by theirineffective perimeter options. That's where the game's going.

"I was cussing him out", Green said.

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