Nick Young credits dream about Steve Kerr for solid Game 1 showing

Warriors vs. Rockets in Western Conference finals

Durant only took three of his 27 shots at the rim, while 18 of his field goal attempts came on non-restricted area 2-pointers. Of all of it, actually. Durant, who played just more than 40 minutes, was asked if he'd prefer to play the entire 48 minutes. More importantly, they picked apart the lapses in the Rockets switching defense - and there were plenty, more and more as the game wore on and players got exhausted.

And now there's a more important issue for the Rockets: Will the rest of this series belong to Durant as well? Nor did it mean anything that Houston was the No. 1 seed and had home court advantage.

With every made shot, defensive stop and foul, the Warriors and Rockets showed in 48 minutes why this became an anticipated playoff matchup for almost 10 months.

"You're not going to come in and just knock them out", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said.

In other words, a routine day for KD and a rotten one for the poor defender standing in his way.

Don't get me wrong, he had a terrific game putting up 41 points, seven assists and four rebounds but he shot 14-for-24 from the field.

Durant was good for 37 points, less than Harden's 41 but more impactful and damaging overall.

Durant scored from all over the floor. "I'll just have to tell him that". Game 1 showed just how high of a mountain the Rockets have to climb. If so, that person didn't suit up Monday.

Luc Mbah a Moute did not help the Rockets off the bench. "You've got two great scorers over there in [Chris Paul] and James". And so: shall it be death by drowning or poisoning? The Warriors still have nightmares about Tristan Thompson and Steven Adams vacuuming in every offensive rebound.

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But then the Warriors did what they have done all season long-controlled the second half. Each team hit 13 3-pointers.

Kerr admitted after the game that he should have left him in, as he said according to ESPN: "This is why anybody would want him on their team". "They got a lot of biting". Looney was game, but Harden victimized him several times.

"With the right amount of fear and the right amount of confidence, obviously we're the underdog", he said.

A win in Game 1 would give the Rockets the confidence that they can beat the Warriors. The Rockets won in Oakland on opening night.

He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

But this is an excellent Rockets team with the firepower capable of matching the Warriors. That was so two weeks ago. So, no, the Rockets aren't catching them off-guard. He was that wired. Golden State undoubtedly has a sizeable advantage with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the starting lineup.

The Warriors went on a 14-7 run in the middle of the second, taking a 7-point lead at the 4:29 mark thanks to a layup by Stephen Curry. Despite Rockets' early lead, Warriors managed to produce an effective offense. Harden is, in all likelihood, the current MVP. "Like, he was flying and leaning out of bounds".

But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.

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