The Houston Rockets dominated the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, 127-105, and we’re tied at 1-1 for the series. Eric Gordon and James Harden both had 27 points for Houston, including 6-of-9 on threes for the former. PJ Tucker added 22 points, including 5-of-6 from range.
It was an ugly game for both teams, to start. Missed threes and bad turnovers were on display, pretty much the exact opposite of Game 1. The Warriors, though, were much worse, and made turnover after turnover, while the Rockets made adjustments and slowly started to establish a lead in the second quarter.
By the second half, they were in a rhythm that the Warriors simply couldn’t match. They were all over Curry, who missed plenty of shots — way more than his fair share. Kevin Durant was excellent for Golden State, but he was the only one.
Durant had 38 points, and made three shots from range. He also made all nine of his free throw attempts, but had just three rebounds and no assists. Curry had seven rebounds, seven assists and 16 points, while the rest of the team didn’t score in double digits.
Both Harden and Clint Capela had 10 rebounds for Houston, while both of Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul had six assists. As a team, the Warriors committed 15 turnovers
Game 1 was about as exciting as it gets, with both teams looking phenomenal at just about every phase of the game. Game 2 was a showcase in adjustments for the Rockets, who burned the Warriors with both better defense AND better shooting.
We’ve got ourselves a series, folks. Below, you can see our live blog as it happened.
Rockets 127, Warriors 105 – FINAL:
Bell misses a shot after the timeout, and Mbah a Moute gets his first points of the game with a layup. Livingston hits one of two free throws after a Johnson foul. Jackson gets his first points for Houston, and Young misses another three for Golden State. Jackson has a turnover, and Cook his a jumper — for his first points. See a pattern? Pachulia hits one of two free throws after a foul. Cook hits both of his free throws after a foul. Black makes a layup for his first points, Pachulia dunks one for Golden State. And this one is done.
Rockets 119, Warriors 93 – 3:49 4Q:
Harden sinks a three after Thompson misses a step-back jumper after the timeout. Durant hits a jumper, and Gordon hits a three wide, wide, wide open. Curry misses a three, Harden misses a three, and Durant picks up a a technical. Harden makes his free throw, and Ariza hits a jumper. Durant misses a three, and Green gets another personal for Golden State. The Warriors empty their bench with five minutes to go. Houston takes a timeout after a GReen loose ball foul.
Rockets 108, Warriors 89 – 7:07 4Q:
Curry starts the fourth with a miss, and then another. Green fouls, but Capela misses both free throws. Thompson misses a three, and Curry finally hits one. Gordon responds with a three of his own, and Curry nails a layup in response. Paul misses, and Livingston gets a dunk. Gordon misses a three, and Paul hits a layup. Young misses a three, and then fouls. Houston has a shotclock violation, and Green makes two free throws on the Tucker foul. Iguodala hits one of two free throws, and Gordon makes a three. Durant misses a three, then has a turnover on a Harden steal. Harden takes it all the way down for a finger roll layup. Tucker makes a three, and Golden State takes a timeout.
Rockets 95, Warriors 79 – END 3Q:
Durant hits both free throws to start after the timeout, and is up to 32 points. Gordon makes a layup, and the ensuing free throw off the Iguodala foul. Durant hits a fadeaway, and Gordon has a jumper blocked by Looney. Young misses a three. Houston’s Green hits one of two free throws after a Young personal. Ariza fouls Durant, and he hits both free throws. Paul makes a beautiful driving layup, and Looney has a foul trying to block it. Paul makes the free throw, and the Rockets lead by 17. Two more free throws for Paul, who is up to 18 points.
Rockets 86, Warriors 70 – 2:36 3Q:
Curry hits a jumper, but before and after that, the Rockets added eight points before the Warriors scored again. They’re swarming Curry, and Green misses a three. Houston’s Green gets a foul, then a turnover, followed by a Durant turnover. Harden misses a three off said turnover, and Curry pulls down the rebound. Durant makes a layup, with 30 points on the game. Harden sinks both free throws after a Curry foul, and Green makes a turnaround jumper. Houston turnover for traveling, but Curry misses the layup. Capela makes a layup and the Warriors take a timeout.
Rockets 74, Warriors 64 – 6:59 3 Q:
Miss from Paul, and a Durant turnover, then a miss from Harden. Durant gets the ball back, hits a jumper, and Harden responds with a layup. Curry misses a jumper, and Tucker hits a three for Houston. Durant dunks it, and hits af ree throw after a Capela foul. Paul hits a jumper, Curry makes a layup, and Harden hits a jumpshot plus the free throw after a Curry foul. Durant hits a three for Golden State. Ariza misses a three, and Durant hits a jumper to move to 28 points. Harden misses a layup, Green misses a jumper and we get a timeout from the Rockets.
Rockets 64, Warriors 50 – END 2Q:
Rockets have their biggest lead of the night on a beautiful pass from Gordon to Ariza, who dunks it. Durant misses at hree, and the largest lead of the night increases for Houston, as Gordon makes a layup, and the Warriors finally get some more points with a Durant three. Tucker gets another dunk, and Curry has another bad pass turnover, his second of the night. Ariza dunks it, Durant gets a three, and Curry misses a three after a Paul turnover. Iguodala gets the putback dunk. The Warriors can’t stop the bleeding near the end of the half, and it comes to an end with a commanding lead for Houston.
Rockets 56, Warriors 42 – 3:13 2Q:
Green dunks for his first points of the game after the timeout. Tucker hits a turnaround hook, Thompson sinks a three, and Ariza hits a three of his own. Thompson misses from range, and Gordon hits a three of his own. Houston is on fire in this second quarter. Harden hits both free throws after another Thompson foul. Green has a bad pass, but Harden misses the layup. Green then … has a bad pass, and another turnover. Houston takes at imeout.
Rockets 46, Warriors 35 – 6:00 2Q:
West cuts through the defense and gets a drunk, with a Livingston assist. Houston’s Tucker has a bad pass and Green gets the steal. Tucker then fouls and Durant hits both free throws. Linvgonston gets a huge fast break opportunity off the Thompson assist — he spun Harden around and lobbed the ball down the court. Lingston slams it home. Ariza responds with a layup, and Thompson responds with a three for Golden State. Tucker hits a three, Thompson misses a jumper and Tucker hits another three. Golden State timeout.
Rockets 38, Warriors 26 – 8:34 2Q:
Tucker hits a three to start the second, and the Houston lead jumps to its biggest of the game. West gets a dunk on the Thompson assist, and after a missed three from Tucker, Young hits a three for Golden State. Paul hits a long three for Houston. West and Thompson both get misses, and Capela hits a jumper after grabbing the rebound. West gets his second personal, and Capela hits the free throw. Another turnover for Golden State, and Harden makes a three, prompting a Warriors timeout.
Rockets 26, Warriors 21 – END 1Q:
Back from the timeout, Curry gets possession and misses another three. He has yet to hit one. Durant commits a shooting foul and Gordon goes to the free-throw line. He makes both of his shots. Paul misses a three, Iguodala misses a fadeaway, Gordon misses a three and … wow there’s a lot of missed threes. Iguodala and Young both missed threes. Tucker makes one of two free throws after a Livingston foul, and Houston’s Green dunks after a Looney turnover. Curry hits a layup, and sinks a free throw after a Capela foul. Curry tries a three with two seconds left, and doesn’t get it. End of the first!
Rockets 21, Warriors 18 – 2:54 1Q:
Capela misses both free throws after the timeout. Curry hits a driving layup, and Green makes a huge block on a Mbah a Moute three attempt. Gordon and Mbah a Moute both miss right after that, and Durant drops a layup for the Warriors, taking the lead with 5:30 remaining in the opening frame. Gordon hits at hree for Houston. Harden misses a three, and a minute later, misses another. Curry also misses a three, and the Warriors take at imeout after Gordon hits one.
Rockets 13, Warriors 10 – 6:52 1Q:
Warriors get the ball off the tip, and Thompson quickly hits aj umper, assisted by Green. Paul commits a turnover for Houston, and Curry starts his game off with a missed three. Harden, likewise, misses the first shot attempt for Houston. Ariza is fouled by Durant, and hits both free throws. After a Durant miss and a Capela rebound, Ariza hits a layup. Iguodala with a bad out-of-bounds turnover, then Thompson gets a steal on Harden, then Curry … has a bad out-of-bounds turnover.
Durant hits a layup, and Paul has an offensive foul turnover. This is pretty ugly right out of the gate! Harden gets on the board with a layup, and Durant hits two free throws after a second personal for Paul. Another layup for Harden and he’s good for two. Green misses a three for Golden State, and Ariza misses one for Houston. Curry with a big driving layup around two defenders, but he’s called for a foul. Harden sinks a three, and Houston takes the lead. Another bad turnover for the Warriors, and Ariza sinks a layup … and ANOTHER turnover for the Warriors! Wow. We get a Houston timeout.
The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets will play the second game of their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston at 9:00 p.m. ET. If Game 1 was any indication, we’re in for another high-scoring battle featuring a handful of MVPs and All-Stars.
The Warriors outlasted the Rockets on Monday, pulling away in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, 119-106. Kevin Durant was venomous, scoring 37 points on 27 attempts and slicing up Houston’s defense in the mid-range. Klay Thompson saw a second-half explosion too, totaling 28 points on 18 shots. Steph Curry had a pedestrian 18-point night on 15 shots and it didn’t even matter.
That’s how terrifying this Golden State team is.
Houston put up a valiant fight. James Harden was on another level in a 41-point outing, sinking 5-of-9 threes. Chris Paul nearly triple-doubled with 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine rebounds too, but the bench didn’t help enough. Luc Mbah A Moute missed easy lay-ins and didn’t sink a shot (0-of-6), and Gerald Green had just six points. Eric Gordon had 15 points on 13 shots, but he alone isn’t enough to dethrone these Warriors.
The Rockets need to prove on Wednesday that they are, in fact, a legitimate threat. Going down 2-0 could spell doom.
Warriors vs. Rockets Game 2
When: May 16
Where: Toyota Center, Houston
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET