James Harden's 41 points not enough for Rockets in Game 1

Heather Diaz
May 15, 2018

First, they break down Game 1 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series, which Boston ran away with by 25 points. And with Golden State featuring its usual brand of ferocious half-court defense, the Rockets didn't have almost enough firepower.

To the surprise of no one, Golden State went on to win by double digits (119-106) and take a 1-0 series lead.

Durant used and abused the Rockets defense, painfully cashing in on shots revered as "bad" shots in their layups, threes and frees long-known siren song.

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Kevin Durant was the biggest difference-maker Monday, scoring 37 points on 14-27 shooting. Durant then scored the final six points of the third before Thompson tallied the first seven of the fourth to provide the Warriors a working margin. We go into the Xs and Os, the performances, and some of the potential adjustments for Game 2. How does each team match up with the other? "We lost a home game in the last series - obviously it's a different team but, for us, our focus right now is on game two". It means Clint Capela will have to be the best defensive player-or close to it-on the floor, and not Draymond Green, who posted a Game 1-high plus-19. They made 46 percent of their shots while committing 13 turnovers, both of which were aligned with their season averages.

"For us, we're gonna look at the film and a lot of it we already know; we've just got to do it better, because obviously they make you pay when you make mistakes".

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