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Durant's 37 lead Warriors over Rockets

Durant's 37 lead Warriors over Rockets”

He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

KD wanted to play all 48 minutes in the series-opener, and grew upset with head coach Steve Kerr when he took him out for a breather in the third quarter.

"This is why anybody would want him on their team". I don't know what you do to guard him, ' Kerr said.

The fact that they were starting this series away from the friendly confines of Oracle Arena for the first time during their recent run did nothing to shake their belief in themselves.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 for the Warriors to capture the best-of seven Western Conference final opener in a rare series start on the road for a team seeking its third National Basketball Association crown in four seasons. It was an exciting, entertaining first half that featured both teams going back and forth before entering the break tied at 56-56. I think that's important, he only had one turnover in the game.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni chalked up the Rockets' loss to "mental mistakes" - turnovers, poor defensive switches, imprudent offensive judgment - and nearly considered Durant being a phenomenon a constant.

The Houston Rockets are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.6 rebounds per game. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later. And if there is anything that is clear after just four wild quarters of this most anticipated series, it's that the Warriors' collective confidence is far superior to the artificial skin the Rockets wrapped themselves in leading up to the opening round of this heavyweight fight. We didn't get rattled. "Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay". "You can't live with that and make mental mistakes", D'Antoni said.

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The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter. "We can't withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s". After becoming part of the team's unassuming All-Star through two National Basketball Association title runs in three years, Warriors guard Klay Thompson had 28 points while going 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-15 from the 3-point range.

When Harden or Paul was the primary defender, the Warriors shot 61 percent from the field (19-of-31), which was the highest such percentage Harden and Paul have allowed this postseason. They conceded the game to the Warriors.

"If that's the game plan they want to stick with, my job is just to make it as tough as possible", said Curry, who had 18 points.

"This Houston team never stops".

Iguodala 2-3 7-8 11, Durant 14-27 6-6 37, D.Green 1-5 3-4 5, Curry 8-15 1-2 18, Thompson 9-18 4-4 28, West 1-1 0-0 2, Looney 1-1 0-0 2, Livingston 3-5 1-1 7, Young 3-5 0-0 9.

Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.



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