Warriors take Game 1 of Western Conference Finals 119-106

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Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

For the Rockets, the past 72 hours was probably too long of a layoff to suggest that they would be able to recreate the same magic as they did in Game 2.

In truth, Curry and the Warriors were merely biding their time, outlasting another opponent until Curry found his touch and Golden State kicked into high gear.

"Yeah, it's 22-22 right there in the first (quarter), and then it went to 31-22 (to finish the period)", said Paul, who hit just five of 16 shots and had a minus-18 rating.

Curry said in an on-court interview after the game. "We got it handed to us", Kerr said. "I heard somebody say when you lose a game in the playoffs, you feel like you're never going to win again, and when you win, you feel like you're never going to lose again. They came out and played a great game and got everybody going", Kerr told USA Today's Matt Eppers.

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Through two games, it's abundantly clear that Durant can get just about any shot he wants on offense. The 7th 40+ game of his postseason career and the 3rd this postseason.

We know the 3-pointer has changed basketball, and made rapid comebacks much more likely ... but the problem is everyone shoots 3-pointers so well, there isn't a massive advantage there for anyone except the team with three of the best 10 shooters in the NBA. Golden State took Game 1, while the Rockets bounced back with a huge performance to take Game 2.

The West finals now hinge on whether the Rockets, blasted by D'Antoni for their "soft" play, have the requisite composure to prevent Curry's game-changing run from becoming a series-tilting sequence. You've just got to have a little bit more assuredness of what you're doing on the defensive end. To dethrone the reigning champs, role players like Tucker or small forward Trevor Ariza will be the difference makers in edging superstar-filled teams like the Warriors. In the wake of last year's loss to the Spurs, Rockets management defended Harden and spent the offseason vastly improving his supporting cast. "I mean, you can't do that with these guys".

"We got outplayed the whole game". The Warriors, meanwhile, are scoring 19 points per game off turnovers against Houston in this series.

"Offensively, we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it", Harden said. "We have short memories". "We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be".

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