Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Shaun Livingston included 18 off the bench and the Golden State Warriors railed to annihilate the Houston Rockets, 110-106, at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night to take a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
This game was not simple for the Warriors.
The Rockets got off to an awesome start, taking a 49-33 lead in the second quarter. They were getting into the paint freely and abusing Golden State on the pick-and-roll.
Anyway, as they appear to always do, the Warriors battled back.
Golden State finished the half on a 25-6 run to take a 58-55 lead into the locker room.
The challenge was tight the remaining of the way.
Things got harder for Houston when Dwight Howard left the game in the third quarter because of a knee injury he endured in the first half.
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James Solidify was up to the assignment, scoring 28 points and putting on a stunning show before the road crowd. Klay Thompson played strong defense, yet Harden just made difficult shots.
Regardless of Harden’s heroics, the Warriors made the last run.
With the score tied at 97-97 late in the final quarter, Golden State went on a 11-0 spurt to take a 108-97 lead with under two minutes to go.
The Rockets would rip off nine straight points to trim the lead to two with 14.6 seconds remaining, yet it wasn’t sufficient.
Trevor Ariza scored 20 points for Houston.
Both groups shot 47 percent from the floor.
Game 2 is at Oracle Arena on Thursday night. Catch all of the action at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.