Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 6 vs. Rockets

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Rockets guard Chris Paul will not play in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors on Monday because of a strained right hamstring.

"There was just no way", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

No-one could have predicted the outcome when Houston went up 39-22 after one quarter.

On the Warriors' injury report, swingman Andre Iguodala is once again questionable to play after missing Games 5 and 6 with a bone bruise in his left knee.

D'Antoni said that while Paul has been getting treatment around the clock, the nine-time all-star has not yet tested the hamstring out in any workouts since Game 5. The free-flowing offense that's built around Curry and Thompson doesn't always work with the more methodical and isolation-heavy Durant.

The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game Six. That's one of the more ridiculous quarter-by-quarter box scores you'll ever see and it underscores just how good the Warriors were in the second half.and how bad the Rockets were as well.

Notable entries on Sunday opposite the basketball game are NBC's America Ninja Warriors, ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos and two-hour Deception season finale, and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 race on Fox. "Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there's so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team". We're going to do what we've got to do to win this game. Even without injured star point guard Chris Paul, Houston came out of the gate scorching, hitting 8-of-12 from distance in the opening quarter while the Warriors connected on just 1-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.

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Of course their 10-point lead at the half wasn't going to go unchallenged. "But we knew this was hard".

In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets missed 27 threes in a row at one point.

Harden scored 32 points and handed out nine assists but also coughed up nine turnovers as the Rockets surrendered an early 17-point lead and fell 109-99 in Oakland.

"We were lucky to escape out of here", Kerr said.

Klay Thompson led the way with 35 points on absurd 9-of-14 shooting from deep, a performance reminiscent of his 2016 Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But LeBron James went to The Finals three times in that span and won once.

Game 7 is in Houston Monday night. Curry and Thompson shot well the entire second half, but they ended any chance at a comeback in those first six minutes.

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