Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

Rockets ace James Harden, who finished with 32 points, said his team's second-half performances in Games 6 and 7 had decided the fate of the series.

The Warriors dispatched the Rockets earlier with a fine second half display in Game 7 to book their fourth straight Finals stint.

"That's what C.P. was so good at in two [of the] games we won", D'Antoni said.

After confirming about 90 minutes before tipoff that Paul would be unavailable, Houston had to settle, in the end, for giving Golden State an almighty scare - thanks largely to those narrow victories in Games 4 and 5 that obscured the fact they were outscored by 63 points during the course of the series.

James, who entered with an NBA-record Game 7 average of 34.9 points, improved to 6-2 lifetime in Game 7s.

Guard Eric Gordon believes that Chris Paul's strained right hamstring cost the Houston Rockets a trip to the NBA Finals.

D'Antoni praised his team after it was all over, refusing once again to measure them based exclusively on the results of this series and this postseason.

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The Warriors followed that up by limiting Houston to just nine points in the fourth, leading to a 26-point lead by the 4:30 mark. However, the defending champions struggled from the floor, trailed by as many as 17 points and were down 51-41 at halftime.

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"The second half was unbelievable", Curry said. You can optionally download the newly revamped Watch TNT app onto your mobile phone or tablet and use your subscriber login to access the Rockets Warriors Game 7 live stream. They were written off again after losing by 41 in Game 3.

For the second straight game the Rockets gave a heroic effort in the first half on both ends to lead the Warriors by double digits, only to look exhausted and miss shots in the second half, miss defensive rotations, and just wear down. In fact, last season, when the Cavaliers and Warriors squared off for the National Basketball Association title, it marked the first time the same two teams had faced each other in the Finals three years in a row.

The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.

Talk about a lack of focus in the moment: Klay Thompson and Durant combining for five missed free throws in the first half? "Game 7 at our house, that's what we've worked the entire regular season for (is) to get home-court advantage".

"He's frustrated", Warrior Coach Steve Kerr said.

He had to do it without Kevin Love - Cleveland's only other all-star - who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green. "I know it was the adrenaline", Green told ESPN. "I kept faith in them and they did that".