The Warriors certainly took advantage, and while Golden State played its fair share of one-on-one ball in Game 1, the other players on the floor were still active, which made a difference in how these teams fared in isolation.
Just as he did in leading the Warriors to an National Basketball Association title with a Finals MVP, Kevin Durant finished with a team-leading 37 points while shooting 14-of-27 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
A 12-2 Warriors run that started midway into the 3rd quarter launched Golden State to an 85-72 lead, Thompson and Curry each netting 3 points in the stretch. The Beard scored a game-high 41 points on 14-of-24 shooting overall and 5-of-9 from 3-land to go along with seven assists.
The Rockets and Warriors had a near identical route to this stage with both teams losing one game in each of their series' so far.
Either the Warriors, seeking their 3rd crown in 4 seasons, or the Rockets, who had the best record in the NBA this season, will face Cleveland or Boston in the NBA Finals.
Houston will host game two on Thursday (NZT) before the series shifts to Oakland for games three and four.
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Stay with KRON4 for updates and reaction. That would boost their bench, which survived Game 1 largely because James Harden got hurt in the first quarter.
Can they move past the Rockets just as quickly?
All of that, however, probably won't be enough for them to get by Golden State.
Nobody in a Rockets uniform had any answer for Kevin Durant Monday. The stalemate broke after a Durant 3-pointer with 10:36 to go in the third quarter gave Golden State a lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.
The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.
The game did not get off on the right foot for the Warriors. "I thought he was extremely good". No, they're not gonna win a game ... "It's nice to be at home but we've got a lot of guys who have been in this league a long time". Draymond Green picked up a technical foul a little over a minute into the game. Andre Iguodala added 11 points for the Warriors on three shot attempts.
Chris Paul didn't have a bad game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Capela was solid and Eric Gordon had a few nice scoring spurts, but the Rockets' other role players were mostly bad.