LeBron, Cavs pull away to beat Celtics in Game 7

29 May, 2018, 19:36 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The Warriors posted a plus-68 scoring margin in the third quarters for the series. Which is why it's easy to wonder if a healthy Paul would have been enough to stop the Warriors second-half surge. "This atmosphere is insane".

"We haven't been in this position before", Curry said after Houston had seized a 3-2 lead. While it only led to nine second-chance points because Houston shot just four of 14 on those chances, it was the kind of effort that demoralizes an opponent.

They average just more than 15 made 3-pointers per game, too, an average of almost 36 percent. But that second half was something, a lot of incredible shot-making from some talented players. "Just like I'll probably bring the best out of him, and we'll see what happens".

Entering the third quarter the Rockets led 54-43, but had missed nine 3-pointers in a row.

Houston had overcome Golden State's Mario Star-like third period earlier in the series during Game 4.

After racking up the best record in the league, mostly on a dominant offense, the Rockets were unable to crack 100 points in three straight games and shot miserably from beyond the arc, while missing point guard Chris Paul, who remained sidelined with a pulled hamstring.

"Our goal going into the series was to make him exert as much energy as humanly possible and try to be as good as we can on everybody else", Stevens said. After they lost Game 5 to go down 3-2 he and his team-mates talked about how they were in a situation that was new to them.

"Harden opened the game 4 of 5 from the floor but finished 12 of 29 for thegame".

And they take on a Warriors side which has barely changed from last year's line-up, giving Kevin Durant another year to bed in alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The pressure continued in the second, with Clint Capela outstanding on defense for Houston with a string of rebounds.

Neither heart nor Harden nor game contributions from Clint Capela (20 points and nine rebounds), Eric Gordon (23 points) and P.J. Tucker (14 points and 12 rebounds) were quite enough for a team that, in the very frank words of its general manager Daryl Morey, have always been "obsessed" with toppling the Warriors.

Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6. He went to call it "a chapter we need to figure out and finish this story". "We've got a whole city behind us, and they're as loyal as they come". "To know that you've got guys in your corner means a lot". We've got to do a little bit better, and it would be nice if they would help out a little bit, but it seems like they're not. "You have to have endurance, you've got to have resiliency, you've got to have confidence in yourself, no matter how the game's going up until that point, that you can turn it around".

If there is anything to look forward to, it is the fact that there will be some very significant names on the free agent market this offseason and the Rockets would appear to be a prime destination.

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