The Rockets entered Monday’s game with confidence that would be able to win Game 1. Kevin Durant and the Warriors took over the game in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. The Dubs defeated the Rockets 119-106 in Houston, stealing home-court advantage.
Kevin Durant led the way for Warriors with 37 points with Klay Thompson adding another 28 points for the night.
The @warriors win Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals!
GSW defeats @HoustonRockets 119-106 to take a 1-0 series lead!
Harden: 41 PTS, 7 AST, 5 3PM pic.twitter.com/oXAVi0xCVp
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr commented on KD’s performance.
“This is why anybody would want him on their team … I don’t know what you do to guard him,” Kerr said. “He can get any shot he wants.”
Kevin Durant casually walking into a three over James Harden pic.twitter.com/M6b0spBHnP
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“We’re in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We’re going to take that first punch and keep punching.”
“He’s one of the best scorers ever,” D’Antoni said of Durant. “I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that. We can’t withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s.”
Game 2 in the series is on Wednesday.