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Big Second Half Helps Warriors Force Game 7

Golden State overcame a 17-point first half deficit to win game 6

May 27, 2018 - 12:42 am

The Western Conference Finals are headed to a seventh game after the Golden State Warriors beat the Rockets 115-86 Saturday night inside Oracle Arena.

Trailing by 10 at halftime, Golden State scored the first 11 points of the third quarter, culminating in a Stephen Curry three-pointer, and after Gerald Green's 3-pointer with 5:57 left in the period put the Rockets up 74-70 scored the next 12, punctuated by another Curry triple. The third quarter ended with the Warriors leading 84-77 and they started the fourth quarter on a 27-4 run to put the game. The Rockets were outscored 64-25 in the second half.

James Harden's 32 points led the Rockets, while Eric, starting in place of the injured Chris Paul (strained right hamstring) finished with 19, but scored just three points after halftime. Harden had nine turnovers. In the second half, the Rockets made as many shots, 10, as they had turnovers, part of a 21 turnover night.

Klay Thompson's 35 point night led all scorers. He made nine three-pointers, missing on just one of his eight second half attempts. Curry scored 29 points, while Kevin Durant gave the Warriors 23.

The Rockets connected on 8-of-12 from behind the 3-point line in taking a 39-22 lead after the first quarter, but shot just 7-of-27 from beyond the arc the rest of the night, while the Warriors made 16-of-38 for the game. 

The Western Conference Championship will be decided Monday night at Toyota Center.