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Rockets Level Series With Blowout Win In Game Two

Series heads to Oakland tied 1-1

May 17, 2018 - 1:41 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Western Conference Finals are even at a game apiece after the Rockets blow out win over the Golden State Warriors 127-105 in game two Wednesday night at Toyota Center. 

The Rockets shot 51 percent from the field, connecting on 16-of-42 from behind the 3-point line and had five players score 16 or more points, led by James Harden and Eric Gordon who scored 27 points with Gordon canning 6-of-9 attempts from long distance. Harden added 10 rebounds.

After quiet nights in game one, the Rockets got monster performances from P.J. Tucker and Trevor Ariza. They combined to miss just three of their 18 field goal attempts. Tucker scored 22 points while Ariza chipped in 19. Chris Paul scored 16 points.

The lead changed hands five times in the first quarter as Gordon's step back 3-pointer with 3:01 left started an 8-0 run as the Rockets led 26-21 after 12 minutes, and they led the rest of the way.  Tucker started the second quarter with a 3-pointer, but the Warriors scored the next five points only the see Houston score nine in a row to push the lead to 12 forcing a Warriors timeout. Golden State answered with six straight points, though Houston answered with a quick five points and eventually pushed the lead to 19 before the half ended with the Rockets leading 64-50. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 18 points, while four Rockets scored in double figures, led by Ariza's 15. 

Durant dominiated the third quarter with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting, but the rest of his teammates comibined to make 5-of-13 shots, scoring 11 points and the Rockets kept their lead in double digits. With 7:42 left in the quarter, Durant hit from 13 feet the make it a 10-point game, but Paul made two free throws and set up Tucker for a floater, and then drained an 18-foot step back to make it a 16-point game, which was the margin after three quarters.

Nick Young and Gordon traded 3-pointers to start the fourth, but Stephen Curry's layup 84 seconds into the period began a 7-2 mini run to bring the Warriors within 11, though Gordon connected from deep starting a 19-2 Rockets run to put the game away. They led by as many as 29.

Durant finished with 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting, but no other Warrior registered more than 16 points, that was Curry, who hoisted 19 shots to get.

Klay Thompson was limited to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting.

The series will take three days off before shifting to Oakland for game three Sunday night inside Oracle Arena.