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In tying a playoff record for first-quarter points, the Rockets put forward their highest-scoring period of the season and finished the opening 12 minutes with a 23-point lead. The Warriors made a valiant effort to come back and had to deal with a scary fall and lengthy absence for MVP Stephen Curry, but James Harden scored 33 of his 45 points in the second half to answer every Golden State run and seal the win. The bad news for Houston is that they still have to win three straight, including two in Oakland, to move on to the NBA Finals.
While this game featured many notable storylines and incidents that will affect the rest of the series, it was essentially won in the first quarter. The RocketsRead More »from Rockets use incredible 1st quarter, Harden's 45 to avoid Warriors sweep