The Houston Rockets have been the most effective group within the NBA within the common season.
They performed prefer it Wednesday night time, utilizing a balanced scoring assault to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Convention finals at one sport apiece.
James Harden and Eric Gordon every scored 27 factors on an evening Houston had 5 gamers rating 16 factors or extra.
“We will beat anyone, anyplace at any time enjoying the best way we play,” coach Mike D’Antoni stated.
The Rockets did not path after the primary quarter and led by double digits for a lot of the night time. They head to Oakland, California for Recreation Three on Sunday night time feeling a lot better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss within the series opener.
‘It is all on defence’
P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as each bounced back after struggling in Recreation 1. Tucker had only one level in that sport and Ariza scored eight, however was restricted on defence after gathering his fifth foul early within the third quarter.
“I by no means fear about my offence … it is all on defence,” Tucker stated. “If we get stops we’ll give you the option to run. It adjustments the sport and it adjustments the best way we play and we all know that.”
Kevin Durant had 38 factors after scoring 37 within the opener, however Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson mixed for simply 24 factors after the pair went for 46 in Recreation 1.
Houston wasn’t in a position to decelerate Durant, however did a a lot better job of limiting open 3-pointers by Thompson and Curry, and the 2 made simply Three of 12 makes an attempt.
“They have been determined tonight and performed prefer it, and we weren’t and it confirmed,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr stated.
Well timed pictures
The Warriors made three free throws to get inside 11 early within the fourth quarter earlier than the Rockets scored the subsequent 11 factors, with 3s from Gordon, Tucker and Harden to make it 111-89 with about 6 half of minutes to play.
Durant made a basket after that, however Houston scored the subsequent eight factors to prolong the lead to 119-91 with about 5 minutes left.
The Warriors obtained annoyed in that stretch, with Durant getting a technical for shoving Harden within the back and Draymond Inexperienced pushing Ariza out of bounds seconds later. It was then that Kerr despatched all of his starters to the bench for good.
Gordon got here off the bench to make six 3-pointers, Tucker tied a playoff greatest with 5 and Harden added three.
“They have been extra settled tonight they usually hit well timed pictures,” Durant stated. “The primary quarter was nonetheless a very powerful a part of the sport. Eric Gordon hit two large 3s and that sort of settled them in. These pictures did it for them.”
Houston prevented dropping consecutive video games for the primary time this post-season and the Warriors misplaced within the second sport of a playoff series for the primary time for the reason that 2015 NBA Finals, snapping a 10-game profitable streak in such video games.
‘We obtained outplayed the entire sport’
“We obtained outplayed the entire sport … we obtained it handed to us,” Kerr stated. “You’ll be able to look at it any approach you need … and parcel it out, but it surely did not matter who we had on the market tonight we obtained beat.”
Houston led by as many as 19 within the first half and was up 64-50 at halftime. The Warriors reduce it to 74-64 with 5 fast factors from Durant, however the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup earlier than crashing to the courtroom whereas being fouled and made the free throw.
The Rockets have been up by 16 to begin the fourth quarter however Golden State obtained inside 98-86 with about 10 minutes left. Curry had 5 factors in that span, together with his first Three after lacking his first six makes an attempt of the night time.
Curry completed with 16 factors and Thompson was Three for 11 for his eight factors.