Durant lights up Rockets in Warriors' Game 1 win

Durant lights up Rockets in Warriors' Game 1 win

Kevin Durant continued to deliver in the post-season for the Golden State Warriors as he scored 37 points on Monday night to lead them to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference finals.

He added the Rockets have plenty of time to regain home-court advantage in the series. Durant wasn't happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench.

It means the Warriors are now 25-3 in postseason games since 2017 but for Curry, their run only shows they are making full use of the roster's talents as he wants the team to continue being greedy.

If you thought that Charles Barkley's golf swing was ugly, just wait until you see him throw a baseball.

"Defensively, we've got to be better", Paul said.

The fact that they were starting this series away from the friendly confines of Oracle Arena for the first time during their recent run did nothing to shake their belief in themselves.

Every NBA fan knew that the Western Conference Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets was always going to be an emotional affair, and Game 1 on Monday night didn't disappoint. It was an exciting, entertaining first half that featured both teams going back and forth before entering the break tied at 56-56.

I took a chance and predicted that the Houston Rockets would win this series, and while I never panic after one game, I'm not almost as confident as I was earlier.

"He needs about 55 next time, and that would take care of that", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni joked.

The Rockets are especially determined to attack Curry, who missed six weeks because of a sprained MCL in his left knee before returning for Game 2 of the second round. "Now we've got to go get it".

"They're obviously champions for a reason", D'Antoni said. We can't withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open threes'.

The Rockets rediscovered their offence after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by threes from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter. After becoming part of the team's unassuming All-Star through two National Basketball Association title runs in three years, Warriors guard Klay Thompson had 28 points while going 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-15 from the 3-point range.

Durant made 14-of-27 shots from the field and attempted more shots than anybody on the court, including Harden. The Warriors fell early into foul trouble to Andre Iguodala (four) and Draymond Green (three, one technical), but they still had enough star power. The Warriors made eight open 3-pointers, including Thompson's dagger, and shot 23-of-31 on uncontested looks overall. The Warriors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Houston, 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.