Golden State Warriors edge Rockets! I think we all can agree that Game 1 lived up to its lofty expectations. Kevin Durant and James Harden battled with both finishing with 35 points. Golden State beat the Houston Rockets 104-100 in Game 1. At the end of the game, things for really chippy. Mike D’Antoni and Chris Paul Both receiving techs with Paul being tossed for his second with 4.4 seconds left in the game. Throughout the game, the referees weren’t calling the fouls that the Rockets felt they ignored. On several 3-point attempts, Harden was hit and a few of them he tossed his legs into the defender. Either way, Houston will not beat Golden State with only three people scoring in double figures. Eric Gordon finished with 27 points and Chris Paul had 17. Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker combined to score four points with Tucker being held scoreless.
P.J. Tucker played great defense on Durant whenever he was matched up with him. It doesn’t matter how great you are though because Durant is such a generational scorer, he’ll get his. Nene was more effect than Capela, which can’t be the case. If the Rockets can find something good out of this game, they can! Houston had their chances to win and this series is far from over. It seems like James Harden will do whatever he has to do to try to advance. After being ejected, Chris Paul will come back as a man on a mission. As far as Golden State is concerned, Curry and Thompson seemed to show signs of their ankle injuries. The Splash Brothers combined for 31 points as they combined to shoot 10-for-25 from the field.
In 40 minutes, Draymond Green almost finished with another triple double. Green finished with 14 points, 9 boards and 9 assists. All five starters for Golden State finished in double figures as they scored all but 10 of their points. Steve Kerr started Andre Iguodala instead of Andrew Bogut and he responded with 14 points. Iguodala played some good defense throughout the game also. Can the Warriors win this series playing like they did in Game 1? How will Houston respond for Game 2? Can the Rockets tie the series on Tuesday night?