LeBron James was celebrating with his teammates in the locker room moments after the game had ended.
"I feel like we're the best team in the world and the most fun team to watch when we're pushing that ball and getting defensive stops, making the simple play", said Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who scored a game-high 35 points while sinking nine 3-pointers. And that still might not be enough. Harden did not return to the lineup until January 18.
"Automatic work" is the team's unofficial motto and their go-to chant in the locker room. The only way to justify leaving OKC is by winning multiple titles. In terms of ratings, Game 6 gained 6% over Game 5 and put the series overall 21% ahead of the 2017 edition, which saw the Cavs beat the Celtics, four games to one. The Lakers' 49 points in the third quarter of Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the Warriors helped erase what was a seven-point deficit at halftime.
"We've got too much talent not just to hit singles like coach (Steve Kerr) always says and trust the next man ahead of us because it will end up working in our favor most of the time". "I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could".
The Rockets earned the right to play Game 7 at home by rolling to the NBA's best record. Of the team's four All-Stars, he gets the least attention, but Thompson delivered a performance reminiscent of his heroics in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals in 2016, when he scored 41 points with Golden State facing elimination against an Oklahoma City team featuring Durant.
The Warriors are one win away from a fourth straight NBA Finals, while the Rockets seek their first Finals trip since 1995. The Clippers fell to the Trail Blazers in six games after nursing a 2-0 series lead.
D'Antoni said: "It should be a great game".
But Kerr hasn't always convinced his players to remain calm in fourth quarters.
Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home.
Golden State edged out Houston 33-16 in the third period and never came back. "But that doesn't mean they're not capable". They could use his on-court leadership. "Usually when I do that, it trickles over to other aspects of my game". Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
In every game in this series, the team with the fewest turnovers has won. For his sake, hopefully, this was the final time. With Paul doubtful again, Harden... Sometimes, you need luck.
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