KD grounds Rockets in Game 1: 'Kevin is the ultimate luxury'

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They downed the Rockets 4-1 in 2015 in Houston's previous trip to the conference finals and ousted the team from the playoffs in the first round in 2016.

That's because the downtown Las Vegas casino hasn't taken any futures or single-game wagers involving Houston since Golden Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta purchased the Rockets for a record $2.2 billion in September. They predicted correctly they could overcome lacking home-court advantage. They've been there, done that, and redesigned the t-shirt. Houston has been looking towards this series all season long.

It's 21 to 12 Rockets in a flash with Harden score 12 quick early points, doing his best to set an early tone. "They are always in the game with 3-point shots".

Although Harden is one of the best assists makers [VIDEO] in the National Basketball Association, he only finished with seven dimes. No one else had a good night.

Houston is 50-5 this season in games where all three have played, and during the regular season the Rockets outscored their opponents in those games by an average of 11.5 points.




"These guys are champions for a reason and they've shown on the big stage that they can perform at a very, very, very high level - as good as anybody ever", he said. Trevor Ariza and P.J. Tucker combined for nine points in the first game.

The Houston Rockets are a team for a reason and although James Harden is the most important ingredient, the contents should not be spilled all over the place in hopes of putting together a successful concoction. They anticipated correctly that their star power and healthy roster could handle a team constructed mainly to beat them.

Nobody in a Rockets uniform had any answer for Kevin Durant Monday.

Last week, when Warriors head coach Steve Kerr went out of his way to mention that Nick Young could be a factor against the Rockets, many took to social media to ask a singular question: Steve must be kidding, right? "You just see this game. He can get a bucket as well as anybody on Earth". "There's just so much belief in LeBron through the years".

Golden State bettors can cash their tickets even if the Warriors lose the series to Houston. Harden may have finished with more points but it's an absolutely taxing style and he gassed out in the third quarter, which is when the Warriors made their move. They had a seven-point lead over the Rockets entering the fourth quarter and never really looked back as they lead by double digits for most of the final quarter. As a team, Golden State shot 52.5 percent while limiting the often-scorching Rockets to only 45.9 percent from the floor.

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