Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry will lead his team against the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals

Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.

The defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors face Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals when they take on the Houston Rockets in a single showdown that will live stream from Toyota Center in Houston.

The MVP frontrunner promptly got skewered on social media for the perceived lack of sportsmanship.

"It's the worst thing that could happen to him", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said of Paul, referring to the emotional hit taken by the All-Star guard to miss out on the game that could have sent him to the finals for the first time. "So for us that's our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of (Game 6) and bring that from the jump in Game 7".

The Rockets played themselves out of the playoffs and they did it by lazily launching 3-pointers instead of attacking the paint. Tell us who was clutch in the comments!

And since Paul was relegated to a sideline motivator role for the final two games, the burden Harden carries into the offseason for this latest setback is magnified. "But again, it's part of the game".

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The Rockets' season-long focus on the Warriors provided the ultimate incentive, from Daryl Morey's obsession with the four-time Western Conference champs as he put this Rockets team together last summer, until the final buzzer Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).

"It sucks because you know you could win this series if we just had one more playmaker", Gordon said after the Rockets' 101-92 loss Monday night in Game 7. Why did they stop attacking the basket after the first half? It's easier to go with the Warriors if Chris Paul is ruled out for tonight's game.

James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points but made just 12 of 29 shots from the field.

"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said.

From 1980 through 1989, the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers played in the Finals every season, but never more than twice consecutively against each other. Houston will be haunted by some of those missed open looks as well as Paul's injury. In the 2018 playoffs, the Rockets have defended their home court well, with a 7-2 record.

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