Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

It has been a disappointing start to the Western Conference Finals for Golden State Warriors G Stephen Curry.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said there was no major change in strategy - just more intensity and better execution from a Houston team that led the league with 65 regular-season wins.

Instead, we saw the Rockets establish that they are as good as they were advertised to be coming into this series - the showed that their limp Game 1 performance isn't the only way they can play.

Houston's Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden scored 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

"I'm feeling great", Curry said.

The Rockets didn't trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. He was outscored by Rockets role players P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza, netting only 16 points, shooting only 36 per cent from the field, and making only one of eight three-point attempts.

"I feel good. I feel good", Curry told the Undefeated. "If we get stops we'll be able to run. I had some decent looks from 3 that could have changed the momentum of the game of the game early in the first half". Overall the Warriors were just nine of 30 from three-point range.

The Warriors got frustrated in that stretch, with Durant getting a technical for shoving Harden in the back and Draymond Green pushing Ariza out of bounds seconds later.

It wasn't the best night for Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors.

"We still made some mistakes that we can get better at", Harden said.

"No, shit happens", Durant said.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on three or more days rest, 6-2 ATS in their last eight Sunday games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games against a team with a winning home record. Eric Gordon hit two big 3s and that kind of settled them in.

Houston connected on three-of-10 from three-point range in the first period while the Warriors were zero-for-seven and coughed up seven turnovers.

"We got outplayed the whole game ... we got it handed to us", Kerr said.

"We are who we are".

They led 64-50 by halftime, with four players already in double figures as they stepped up the pace and tightened the defensive screws. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.

The Golden State Warriors point guard suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee early in March and only returned in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-finals win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Just a notch above Curry's 3-point shooting percentage Wednesday.

Curry finished with 16 points and Thompson was 3 for 11 for his eight points.

Warriors star Kevin Durant makes the slam against the Rockets in game two.

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