Houston set a franchise winning streak with 65 victories in this National Basketball Association regular season and concluded with the best record in the league.
But they'll have a hard task as Houston will have home-court advantage and are determined to knock off the champs. The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James will visit either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in Game 1.
For the game the Rockets were 7-of-44 from three (15.9 percent).
Harden scored 32 points and handed out nine assists but also coughed up nine turnovers as the Rockets surrendered an early 17-point lead and fell 109-99 in Oakland. Then, when the fourth quarter came along, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson buried a exhausted Rockets lineup.
About Thompson: He was locked in, emotionally and physically, popping off screens, catching and shooting, creating space to get good looks and punching the air after big 3s. Thompson stayed in rhythm most of the night while Curry (29 points) and Durant (23) went through off-and-on cold stretches and afterward joked how he was "born" for this. But he'll have to hope that Houston can beat the defending champion Warriors without him to give him a chance to play in the NBA Finals for his first time.
Game 7 is in Houston Monday night.
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When the officiating started to get weird in the third quarter, the typical game seven conspiracy theorists began to come out on Twitter. ESPN's Conference Finals coverage averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017. Houston are 7-2 at home court this playoffs. With the possibility of playing this game without Chris Paul, Harden might need to explode for 40 points or more.
Golden State has survived without veteran swingman Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last three games of the series and is questionable for the finale with a left lateral leg contusion. Thompson and Stephen Curry caught fire and helped Golden State land yet another patented third-period haymaker - one that would daze the Rockets more than in Game 4 - en route to outscoring Houston by a ledger of 93 to 47 from the end of the first quarter to the end of the contest. Their availability remains to be determined.
If the Rockets are going to take their best final shot at the Warriors, it may as well be at home.
It has yet to be determined how long Paul would be sidelined if the Rockets advance to the Finals.
Turner Broadcasting System's TNT hold the exclusive rights to broadcast the Warriors vs. Rockets Game 7 showdown nationally.