Warriors stay alive, drag Rockets to winner-take-all Game 7

Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young celebrates in front of Houston Rockets guard James Harden during game six

The Houston Rockets, playing without injured All-Star point guard Chris Paul, waltzed into Golden State Saturday and punched the Warriors in the mouth to the tune of a 39-22 first-quarter lead in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

"Yeah, we've been trying to get back to being us all series", Kerr said.

"I have no clue why our team is like this", Kerr said. "So, for us, that's our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of tonight and bring that from the jump in Game 7".

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. As soon as we know we'll say it, but we might not know until afternoon, and see how it goes or he tests it out. "Not all is lost". The Rockets were without Chris Paul who missed the game after injuring his hamstring in the fourth quarter of game six.

Durant was blown out by the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA Finals alongside Russell Westbrook, but the NBA world gave he and the Oklahoma City Thunder a slight pass because it was their first Finals appearance, and they were a very young team. Houston again responded with their backs to the wall by winning the next two games.

"I don't have a doubt", D'Antoni said.

James Harden handled the point guard duties, but he wore down over time.

In Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, with the Warriors' season on the line, Jordan Bell played the most minutes he's played this postseason. "There is pressure on everybody".

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry slices between Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and James Harden
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ AP Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry slices between Houston Rockets Trevor Ariza and James Harden

While that may be true, the onus is on Harden to step up and deliver an MVP-calibre performance if the Rockets hope to close out this series.

They are aiming for a fourth successive National Basketball Association finals appearance, while Houston last made the finals in 1995. Now, Harden will have to do a lot more of that creating himself, and with the full attention/gameplan of the Warriors' defense. "Losing Andre [Iguodala] changed everything, and so we've had to adapt and adjust and this is the direction we've made a decision to go".

"Nothing changes for us". Out for vindication after their stunning loss in the 2016 Finals - the first team ever to go out on three-game losing streak - the Warriors spent eight weeks on the attack. And during Game 6 on Saturday, they were by his side directing him. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 109.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting.

"It's a bone bruise, and those are hard to predict", Kerr said. "He's one of our keys, and we've missed him the last two games. So we'll just keep taking it day by day and see what happens".

Iguodala's absence has been magnified in this series that has morphed into a defensive slugfest instead of the high-scoring shootout that most expected when it began.

Warriors: Golden State's 33-point third quarter was its first 30-point period since the third in Game 4.

"It's something we talked about building up all year", Houston's P.J. Tucker said.

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