HOUSTON — Kevin Durant and James Harden hoarded Game 1’s limelight. In the Golden State Warriors’ 119-106 win over the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals on Monday, those two leviathans combined for 35 percent of the game’s scoring, each hitting increasingly difficult shots and transcending to a new sport entirely.
This reveals the Rockets’ math problem that everyone understood coming into this heavyweight series. Golden State boasts a legitimate Big Four, plus a few battle-proven veterans that share a couple pieces of jewelry from the past three seasons. While the Rockets plucked Chris Paul from Hollywood last summer to place him next to James Harden, and even as they shored up their rotation with reliable role players, they don’t boast as many stars. Four two. They can’t change that.
“They are who they are,” Luc Mbah a Moute told SB Nation. “We are who we are.”