Golden State Warriors Rout Houston Rockets for Force Game 7

Hope Soto
May 29, 2018

There is no word yet on whether he will play in game 7.

On Saturday night, the defending National Basketball Association champs routed the Houston Rockets 115-86 to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference Finals - reminding their opponents and National Basketball Association fans that the reigning champs are not ready to relinquish the throne. The Rockets raced to a 17-point lead in the first quarter of Game 6 only to run out of steam without Paul present to alleviate the pressure on fellow guards James Harden and Eric Gordon. Not only does Paul rank second to Harden in points (19.8) and assists (4.6) in this series, he leads all players in the series (and second only to LeBron is the Conference Finals) in potential assists (12.2 per game).

D'Antoni said that Paul hasn't tested the hamstring by running or working out since suffering the injury near the end of game 5. Looks like she was misinformed about the situation, and now the Rockets will have one shorthanded game at home for a chance to get back to the NBA Finals. Okay, okay, maybe not *quite* as big of a loss as being without a Chris Paul (or a Kyrie Irving, or a Kevin Love, man there have been lots of injuries in these conference finals).

Again, NBA history was made at the Warriors' expense.

It all comes down to Game 7. The Rockets actually led 39-22 after one quarter, but the lead was cut to 10 by halftime.

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Amid a bunch of blowouts and bad play, both the Eastern and Western Conference are now headed to a 7th and deciding game, and things just don't smell right from both series. But the final score of 115-86 was not at all indicative of how the game went for the first three quarters. Don't be shocked if he starts Game 7 for Golden State.

"Obviously we want to have him", Rockets forward PJ Tucker said.

And while it's easy enough to say that the Warriors simply shot better Saturday, there was a bit more to it than just that.

Follow Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. His numbers are drastically better in Houston's three losses: 31.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 3.7 3-pointers with shooting splits of 48.4 FG% and 40.7 3P%.

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