Warriors power past Rockets, set up NBA Finals showdown with Cavs

The Warriors are headed to the National Basketball Association finals for the fourth consecutive year, where they'll meet for the fourth consecutive year LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golden State turned it up again in the second half as the Warriors rallied past the Houston Rockets, 101-92, to rule the West Conference and arrange another NBA Finals showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Rockets had a chance to close things out at Oracle Arena, but the Warriors did what they tend to do in the third quarter and blew them out.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, 21 in the second half.

Monday's Game 7, though, proved a simple basketball fact: If you live by the three, you die by the three. Draymond Green had 13 rebounds and 10 points.


The Houston Rockets missed 27-straight 3-pointers on Monday night in their loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, setting a new National Basketball Association playoff record.

That left Houston's hopes largely in the hands of James Harden and a cast of five others as Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni refused to do deep into his bench this series. It worked for a while.

Now the Rockets are known to take a lot of 3-point shots, averaging more than 42 attempts per game this season.

The Rockets, without a doubt, died by the three. A historically great offensive team, Houston made only seven of 44 three-pointers.

James Harden had 32 points, six rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort. Eric Gordon (23 points) was 2 for 12.

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