Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

Warriors Cover Steve Kerr's Bet in Game 1 Victory

Harden did much of his damage during a 41-point performance at Curry's expense, but the Warriors pulled away for a 119-106 win Monday night at the Toyota Center. Though in a nod to Green's influence on the defensive end, he was the best among the Warriors in plus/minus, with Golden State outscoring Houston by 17 points when he was on the court.

The game started out as good as expected with the Rockets taking an early lead, 30-29, after the first.

That changed this year with the emergence of the Rockets, who went 65-17 to steal the No. 1 seed while convincing the National Basketball Association world they were a true threat to Golden State. It was an exciting, entertaining first half that featured both teams going back and forth before entering the break tied at 56-56.

After halftime, the Warriors came out and took control, as they often do in the third quarter.

"Houston, they never stop", Durant said. The stalemate broke after a Durant 3-pointer with 10:36 to go in the third quarter gave Golden State a lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way.

The Warriors seize a 1-0 series lead and home court advantage over the Rockets with the victory, tilting the odds in their favor ahead of Game 2 in Houston on Wednesday.

Kevin Durant was ruthless.

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Durant finished with 37 points on 14-of-27 shooting.

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

Kerr said the Warriors wanted to acquire Durant after they lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals because of his ability to take over a game offensively. In fact, Curry hit 8-of-15 shots from the field. They can't beat themselves.

Insane enough, Durant only had three rebounds, one assist and a block. Durant was fed in the post with the Warriors normal back screens and cuts going on around him and would simply turn around and shoot over whoever was guarding him.

And when it wasn't Looney, it was usually Stephen Curry. "He can shoot over anybody, so we've got to do a better job of being physical". Instead of just moving to the side of Harden, the Warriors forward shoved him in the face.

By the 5:24 mark, Golden State had established their largest lead of the game at eight, which was built up to as many as 13.

The Houston Rockets are a team for a reason and although James Harden is the most important ingredient, the contents should not be spilled all over the place in hopes of putting together a successful concoction. That would boost their bench, which survived Game 1 largely because James Harden got hurt in the first quarter.

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