Houston started the game on a mission, exploding to a 39-22 lead after the first quarter, but the Warriors slowly got into their groove, taking over the second half on both ends, outscoring the Rockets 64-25 in the final 24 minutes. Gordon responded by making his first four 3-pointers and scoring a rugged 19 points, while Harden - who entered Game 6 having missed 20 consecutive 3-pointers - totaled 32 points after missing his first two shots from long range. The game flipped, turning from a 10-point Rockets lead at half to a 29-point Warriors blowout by the final buzzer. Having to win two straight games to avoid elimination, including Game 7 in Houston, seems like a daunting task, but the team has outwardly expressed optimism and confidence in their ability to get it done.
The exhausted legs showed in the third, with some poor shot selection and sloppy turnovers allowing the Warriors to push the tempo and blow the game open.
"All our doctors are with us", D'Antoni said, explaining why Paul traveled for Game 6 after he had been ruled out.
We're going to Game 7! "At the same time, we'll rally and do what's right", D'Antoni said. Leonard played in only nine games last season due to a nagging quad injury as rumors surfaced of a growing rift between the two-time All-Star and the championship organization coached by Gregg Popovich. These guys train so hard and they're here and they're competing, and you want everybody to be healthy, but just the reality is it usually doesn't work out that way. "We'll take that", Green said. It's also important to remember that there have been 130 game sevens in National Basketball Association history and only 26 have been won by the road team.
Head coach Steve Kerr has been part of this optimism, and he joined Tolbert & Lund Friday to flesh out his thoughts.
Instead, they scored just 45 points in the first half, couldn't get into any sort of rhythm offensively, and failed to make a field goal in the final minute of regulation.
Since coming to Houston, the Rockets have made the playoffs 31 times. They all nodded and agreed it would be a logical scenario to launch themselves into the NBA Finals. We didn't need to yell at each other or anything like that.