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Rockets Go Cold In Game 7 Loss To Warriors

Rockets shoot 7-of-44 from three, and miss 27 straight

May 28, 2018 - 7:47 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- With 6:43 left in the second quarter, Eric Gordon drained a 29-footer to give the Rockets 42-28 lead over the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the Western Conference Finals. It was the Rockets sixth make in 14 three-point tries, but it'd be their last for awhile. The Rockets made just one of their last 30 attempts from deep as their season came to an end with a 101-92 loss Monday night at Toyota Center.

In between Gordon's second quarter make and P.J. Tucker's with 6:28 left in the fourth quarter, the Rockets missed 27 straight from behind the 3-point line, and while they did the Warriors caught fire as they clinched their fourth straight Western Conference title.

Despite shooting less than 32 percent, the Rockets led 24-19 after a quarter, and after Klay Thompson's layup started the second quarter, Clint Capela converted a second straight alleyoop from James Harden to cap a 12-2 run to put the Rockets up 13 with 7:54 left in the first half. Thompson ended the spurt with a 3-pointer, but Eric Gordon answered that, and with 4:58 remaining before halftime, Harden stole a pass from Draymond Green and threw down a one-handed jam to make it a 48-33 game. The Warriors got within nine, but after Kevin Durant's missed triple squirted out of bounds with 4.5 second left on the clock , Gordon took the inbounds pass coast-to-coast for a layup at the buzzer giving the Rockets an 11-point lead at halftime.

Harden's 16 points led Houston, while Durant scored 13, but the Warriors had 10 turnovers and allowed the Rockets 11 offensive rebounds, but everything changed in the third quarter, after Harden's finger roll put the Rockets back up 13. Golden State scored the next four, a spurt that ended on Harden's 11-foot floater, but it was all Warriors from that point on. Durant and Nick Young drained threes to make it a 5-point game, and after P.J. Tucker split free throws, Green and Capela traded buckets. Curry brought the Warriors within three when he hit from long distance, then Durant tied the game with a three, and after a Harden miss, Curry's three gave the Warriors the lead. 

While the Rockets misfired on all 14 of their three-point attempts in the third quarter, the Warriors knocked down 7-of-12 in taking a 76-69 lead into the fourth quarter. Houston never got closer than six the rest of the way as the Warriors built their lead to as many as 13.

Durant led Golden State with 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting. He knocked down 5-of-11 from behind the arc, while Curry added 27 points, connecting on seven three pointers.

As a team, the Warriors drained 16 triples.

Harden's 32 points led Houston. He shot 12-of-29 from the field and made just 2-of-13 three-pointers.

Starting in place of the injured Chris Paul, Eric Gordon added 23 points, while Clint Capela gave the Rockets 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

Trevor Ariza missed all 12 of his field goal attempts and was held scoreless.

For the fourth straight year, the Warriors will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, with game one set to take place Thursday night in Oakland.