Warriors Rally To Lead Rockets 58-55 At HT In Game 1

(Sporting Alert) — Golden State erased a 16 points second quarter deficit to lead Houston 58-55 at halftime in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

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The Rockets dominated the first quarter and continued their dominance to start the opening of the second period, until Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston took over.

The Warriors ended the period on a 25-6 run to take a three-point lead into the halftime break.

Livingston, who went 5-of-6 from the floor, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in second quarter, leads the Warriors with 16 points, while Curry had 13 and Thompson adding 11.

Trevor Ariza leads the way for the Rockets with 12 points, with the visitors shooting 53.5 percent from the floor.


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The Houston Rockets shot 59.1 percent from the field and lead the Golden State Warriors 31-24 in Game 1 at the end of the first quarter of the Western Conference Finals.

Golden State shoots 36.0 percent from the floor at the ORACLE Arena, with Stephen Curry leading all scorers with 11 points, include going 3-of-4 from three-point range.

The Warriors started slowly, but used an early 12-3 run to pull themselves back into the game in the first quarter, when the scores were 19-16 for Houston.

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However, the Rockets picked up the pace and went on an 11-2 run of their own to push the lead back up to seven points (23-16), with 3:01 left the opening 12 minutes.

Dwight Howard left the game towards the closing five minutes of the opening quarter with what seems to be a knee problem after crashing into his teammate Josh Smith.

But after walking off the pain and icing the area, the star center made a return to the game with 1:25 left in the first quarter.

(Sporting Alert) — The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets square off in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Live Streaming Coverage Is On WatchESPN, With ESPN Broadcasting Live On TV

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Tonight’s contest will see MVP winner Stephen Curry and the award runner-up James Harden battling going head-to-head.

The Warriors come into this contest with the psychological advantage after going 4-0 against the Houston Rockets during the regular season campaign.

However, Dwight Howard, who didn’t feature in two of those contests, has been in good form recently and could be a handful for the league’s No. 1 overall seed during this series.

The Warriors, in the regular season meetings with the Rockets, had a winning margin average of 15.3 points, and MVP Curry is hoping Golden State can repeat those kind of positive numbers in this series, as they looks to skip past another contender and make the NBA Finals.

“We’re four wins away from getting to the Finals and one step closer to our dream,” Curry said.

“There’s one team in our way to get there. That’s it.”

Harden, who led Houston to stunning comeback 4-3 victory over the LA Clippers in the conference semi-finals after being down 3-1 in the series, has already looked past the regular season defeats against the Warriors.

“We’re a new team,” he said. “It’s a new series.”

He added: “We’re going to put the pressure on them. It’s the playoffs, anything can happen.”

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