Warriors sink ice-cold Rockets and return to Finals

Warriors sink ice-cold Rockets and return to Finals

Warriors sink ice-cold Rockets and return to Finals

Yet another third-quarter blitz saved the Warriors' season on Monday night, when Golden State won the West and eliminated the Houston Rockets. Golden State seized the lead by outscoring Houston by 18 points in the third quarter.

In the regular season, the Houston Rockets made an NBA-record 1,256 threes on a record 3,470 attempts - that's 15.3 threes per game on 36.2 percent shooting.

Game 1 begins Thursday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

Cleveland have faced the Warriors in the last three NBA Finals, winning in 2016 and losing in 2015 and 2017.

We went ahead and compiled of some of Twitter's reactions to the Warriors & Cavs meeting again in the Finals, which you can see for yourself below.

Houston had overcome Golden State's Mario Star-like third period earlier in the series during Game 4. Sorry for you guys who don't know much about Cedar Point, but it's been a roller coaster. But the Rockets, whose system depends so heavily on their ability to make the most of the three-point shot, couldn't find the net from long range. "This is one of the most challenging seasons I have had". Late in the playoffs guys are exhausted, sometimes their legs aren't there and that leads to shots flattening out and, in the end, not going in.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked that he had considered resigning before his team bounced back from a disastrous first half performance to reach the NBA Finals on Monday.

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"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said.

For the second straight game, the Rockets showed unbelievable grit in the first half, playing physical defense and attacking the rim - the Rockets had 56 points in the paint on the night. Boston was 7-for-39 from three-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.

"Basketball is a 48-minute game and no matter how badly we played, how many shots we missed, there's always time to turn it around", Curry said.

Kerr said the raw talent of the Warriors line-up, with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suddenly clicking, was decisive. Yet another missed opportunity for Paul, who has never been to the NBA Finals in his long and storied career.

In both of those games, the Warriors seized control by dominating the third quarters and going on insane runs.

James and multiple teammates have described their up-and-down trek this year as such, and the four-time MVP reiterated it after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

There wasn't a lot of similarity in Cleveland's and Golden State's seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another - both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals. Which is why it's easy to wonder if a healthy Paul would have been enough to stop the Warriors second-half surge. "I look forward to taking advantage of it". We knew we had a great shot in the second half, we just stuck together, moved the ball, cut our turnovers down and made them take tough shots.

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