Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Warriors finish off Rockets, 101-92 in Game 7

Warriors finish off Rockets, 101-92 in Game 7

When the Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to the Rockets on Thursday night to send them to the brink of elimination they vowed to be back in Houston for Game 7.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Parking at the arena will be $10.

Kevin Durant contributed 23 points for the Warriors, who haven't been in a Game 7 since the 2016NBA Finals against Cleveland, a game the Cavaliers won to deny Golden State back-to-back titles.

The Warriors are about to win their second straight National Basketball Association championship and their third in the last four seasons - all of them coming at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won't have enough even if LeBron James plays to the absolute utmost of his capabilities.

Don't get me wrong: There will still be plenty of talk over the next two weeks about what James will do July 1 and the growing belief that he'll be leaving his home-state Cavaliers this offseason to join a team better suited to consistently challenge Golden State. But the Rockets has to like their opportunities of securing their first NBA Finals berth since 1995.

It makes sense that they're even bigger underdogs now compared to 2007 because as great as that 2007 Spurs team was, they didn't have four superstars like the Warriors do.

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"This was a part of our story that we hadn't been through before", he said.

The Rockets kept their turnovers low, but they just couldn't buy a basket. "So I think once we settled down and we got the defense in a better position, then we started moving the ball, and the game felt more like a Warriors game".

Houston have one more chance to claim the ticket to the NBA Finals after a 29-point deficit blowout defeat to the Warriors. "To go through a Game 7 on the road, to go through that with these guys for the first time, all our first time doing this, it brought us closer as a group and it's a series that we'll probably never forget as we get older".

The Warriors missed the defensive presence of 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, who was out for a fifth straight postseason game dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee. George would make flawless sense and LeBron James is still rumored as a potential target. "We thought we had it", he said later, wistful. "That really hurt. I hated not being out there when I was supposed to".

Lue believes also that his team may benefit from playing a gruelling seven-game series against Boston, stating that the team would be battle-hardened heading into game one.

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