Harden played inspired, for most of his 35 minutes, finishing with a game-high 41 points and seven assists. Chris Paul’s 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists also look good on paper.
But it wasn’t enough. It was nowhere near enough to offset the Rockets’ self-inflicted mistakes or the fury the Warriors can rain down on their opponents this time of year.
“They’re obviously champions for a reason,” D’Antoni said. “If we want to beat them, we have to be mentally sharper. KD, he’s tough. Obviously, he was on tonight. Hey, you can live with that. But you can’t live with that and then make mental mistakes, and that’s what we do. The combination of the two was devastating.”
Durant was bent on devastation, torching an assortment of Rockets defenders for his 37 points. Thompson drilled the Rockets for 28 points of his own, his 15 attempts 3-point attempts serving as a more demoralizing dagger for a Rockets defense designed to limit them. With so much attention on that pair of players, the Rockets seemed to lose their defensive focus on basically everyone else.
“Defensively, we’ve got to be better,” Paul said. “You know it’s funny, I got caught helping a couple times in the first half and I think Nick Young
Article source: http://www.nba.com/article/2018/05/15/golden-state-warriors-need-just-one-game-establish-superiority-over-houston
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