By Joel Bartilotta
A 17-point deficit at the end of the first quarter had Warriors fans terrified, but a 29-point victory put all that discomfort to ease. Not only did they outscore Houston by 46 points after that quarter, Golden State rode a 66-25 second half to victory. Defense was key for the Warriors, as they forced 21 turnovers from the Rockets while holding them to 39 percent from the field. In addition, Golden State recorded 11 steals and 10 blocks while doubling up Houston in assists, 26-13.
James Harden carried Houston, as he collected 32 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Clint Capela grabbed a game-high 16 boards but scored just two points. Trevor Ariza amassed 14 points and five boards while Eric Gordon totaled 19 points and two rebounds.
Klay Thompson went 9-of-14 from three-point range to score a game-high 35 points while recording six rebounds and four steals. Stephen Curry accrued 29 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Kevin Durant tallied 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Draymond Green accumulated four points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and five blocks.
Game 7 will be in Houston on Monday.
Posted on May 26, 2018 at 8:31 PM ET