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Rockets Season Ends With Disappointing Game 6 Loss

Warriors close out Rockets without Kevin Durant

May 11, 2019 - 2:14 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- For the second straight season and fourth time in five years, the Rockets season is over at the hands of the Golden State Warriors after a 118-113 loss in game six of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday night at Toyota Center.

The Rockets were eliminated on their homecourt for the second straight season, but this time it happened against a Warriors team that was shorthanded and played without Kevin Durant, who missed the game due to a right calf strain. In his place, the Warriors got a combined 60 points from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, with Curry carrying the Warriors down the stretch.

Curry was held scoreless after spending much of the first half in foul trouble, but thanks to Thompson's 21 points, the game was tied at 57. Curry scored 10 points in the third quarter, but after a quiet game five, Chris Paul matched him in the period, and finished it by finding Clint Capela for an alleyoop to put the Rockets up five heading into the fourth quarter. Paul started the final period with a 12 foot turnaround fadeaway to put the Rockets up by seven, but the Rockets couldn't take advantage of a Thompson turnover, blowing a fastbreak opportunity, and Andre Iguodala made them pay by draining a three. From that point on, it was all Curry.

Curry made a layup following a Gerald Green turnover, and after Shaun Livingston connected from 10-feet, Curry answered Eric Gordon's floater with a three pointer to bring Golden State within one. Then, with the game tied at 97, Kevin Looney their first lead since early in the third quarter with a layup, and after the Rockets failed to score on their next possession, Curry connected from long distance to make it 102-97 with 2:53 to play. The Rockets never got closer than two the rest of the night.

Curry finished with 33 points, 23 came in a fourth quarter that saw him shoot 6-of-8 from the field as the Warriors advance to the Western Conference Finals where they'll take on the Portland Trail Blazers or Denver Nuggets in a series that will begin in Oakland Tuesday night.

Thompson finished with 27 points, with the help of seven three-pointers, and Andre Iguodala scored 17, shooting 5-of-8 from long range.

Harden led all scorers with 35 points, but he shot just 11-of-25 from the field, and uncharacteristically misfired on 5-of-12 free throw attempts.

Paul added 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Harden's 14 points helped the Rockets to a 28-27 lead after a quarter. The lead changed hands seven times in the first five minutes of the second quarter, but Thompson's three-pointer broke a 42-42 tie with 5:16 left before halftime, starting an 8-0 Warriors, but the Rockets answered with 17-5 burst to regain the lead, though a 22-footer from Thompson tied the game at 57 at the break. Thompson led all scorers with 21 points, 11 came in the second quarter. Harden's 19 led Houston.