Warriors Comeback to Defeat Rockets, 115-86, in Game 6 to Force Game 7
By Joel Bartilotta
The Golden State Warriors defeated the visiting Houston Rockets, 115-86, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena on Saturday.
Despite the fact that Houston led by 17 points at the end of the first quarter, Golden State was able to prevail thanks to a dominant second half. In fact, Golden State started the third quarter on a 13-0 run, as that turned a double-digit deficit into a lead that the Rockets could never recapture. In total, Golden State outscored Houston in the second half, 66-25. The assist-to-turnover ratio was critical for the Warriors, as they recorded 26 assists to 12 turnovers while the Rockets handed out just 13 assists to 21 turnovers. Defense was also huge for Golden State, as they recorded 11 steals and 10 blocks while holding Houston to under 40 percent from the field.
The Rockets (3-3) were led by James Harden, as he collected 32 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals. Eric Gordon tallied 19 points and two rebounds. Trevor Ariza finished with 14 points and five boards. Clint Capela led the team with 16 rebounds but provided just two points. Gerald Green led the bench with 11 points.
The Warriors (3-3) got 87 combined points from Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, as Thompson led the team with 35 points, six rebounds and four steals on 9-of-14 from three-point range. Durant finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Curry accrued 29 points, five rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Draymond Green had an all-around gem, accumulating four points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and five blocks.
Game 7 will be played on Monday night back in Houston, as the victor will advance to the NBA Finals.
Posted on May 26, 2018 at 11:22 PM ET
Updated on May 26, 2018 at 11:24 PM ET
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 11:31 PM ET