Warriors overcome Harden's Rockets in game one

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Just like that, the home-court advantage now belongs to the Warriors, and this highly-anticipated series will get a gut-punch Wednesday if Golden State takes a pair in Houston.

Kevin Durant was ruthless.

Golden State surged ahead again as Thompson had a 3-pointer and two free throws in a 10-2 Warriors run after Durant sank a 3-pointer with 7:58 remaining for a 100-87 lead.

Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.

Durant wasn't happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench.

Can they move past the Rockets just as quickly?


Insane enough, Durant only had three rebounds, one assist and a block. And we are in Houston and not getting the same calls.

Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. He constantly hunted out switches, with Curry and Kevon Looney the usual targets. Instead of just moving to the side of Harden, the Warriors forward shoved him in the face. Here are some quick thoughts after the first game of the NBA's most anticipated series... Harden is already carrying a big load offensively and has to work hard and deliberately for his points, so surviving on the other end against this Warriors juggernaut will be tough. "We lost a home game in the last series - obviously it's a different team but, for us, our focus right now is on game two". The Rockets acquired Chris Paul to take pressure off Harden. "We need to do a better job of staying up mentally".

While Paul will likely be better, there are more questions about Houston's other guys. Gerald Green's defense was torched, while Ryan Anderson and Nene were non-factors. I'd like to see the pace picked up with the team hitting their threes - they were quite solid going 13-for-33 at a 39.3 percent clip - and the Warriors matched the amount of threes made but took a few more going 13-for-37 at a 35.1 percent clip. That tandem worked in concert whenever the Rockets mustered a rally, and offset relatively quiet efforts from Stephen Curry (18 points, eight assists) and Draymond Green (five points, nine rebounds, nine assists).

Kevin Durant was simply unstoppable in this one, finishing with 37 points on 14 of 27 shooting, while Klay Thompson added 28 thanks to six 3-pointers.

How do you hold a player with his wingspan and high release point and shooting range and accuracy in check, particularly when he's smelling the scent of the NBA Finals, now just three wins away?

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