Warriors rally to beat Rockets in Game 6

Warriors rally to beat Rockets in Game 6

On Saturday night, the defending National Basketball Association champs routed the Houston Rockets 115-86 to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals - reminding their opponents and National Basketball Association fans that the reigning champs are not ready to relinquish the throne.

If at any point of the season (or the summer before the season) anyone had said the Rockets would be at home for game seven against the Golden State Warriors for a chance to go to the NBA Finals, we would all have absolutely been happy to accept.

It was a valiant effort for a Rockets squad who, without their other All-Star point guard, was expected to simply hand over this game in preparation for Game 7.

The Warriors showed signs of life in the second quarter, putting together a 23-11 scoring run and trimming the deficit to five points.

Thompson was brilliant from beyond the arc, hitting nine of his 14 three-point attempts.

Golden State did it playing again without forward Andre Iguodala, who missed his third consecutive game of the series with a bone bruise in his left knee sustained in Game 3. Even so, network execs could have reason to wonder if the lack of novelty could erode viewership - though if the conference championship round has taught us anything, it's that the best ratings tonic is often a seven-game series. There is growing speculation that the Houston Rockets' star will be absent in an all-or-nothing showdown on Monday night. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala's absence in all three games.

"I don't know if I was born for it, but I definitely worked my butt off to get to this point", Thompson said. They'll have to do it at Toyota Center, where the Rockets have won 41 of their last 50 games, counting the postseason. The Golden State Warriors have lost four of their last six road games. "We're a confident bunch".

"More than anything, I feel bad for Chris", Kerr said. "It's what you play for, to be in a situation where you're one win away from going to the finals".

13 of the Houston Rockets goes up for a shot against Kevin Durant No. 35 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Six of the Western Conference Finals in the 2018 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on Sunday in Oakland, California. We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game. "He's one of the best point guards in the league, but if he doesn't play, we'll figure it out".

While the Warriors swept their way through the Western Conference, and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in five games last season, Golden State was never faced with a true challenge. The defense was on point, both tight and disruptive, contributing to Houston's enormous turnover total.

The Rockets missed Chris Paul.

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