On Monday night, the Golden State Warriors took a 1-0 lead on the Houston Rockets. The leagues MVP, Stephen Curry, had a team high of 34 points to go along with 5 assists and 6 rebounds.
Big contributions came from another one of their starters, Draymond Green who had a double-double recording 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Shaun Livingston who had a playoff career high, 18 points.
One of the Warriors stars, Klay Thompson, struggled from the court shooting 6-18 with only 15 points.
The Rockets star, James Harden who was the leagues runner up for MVP recorded a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds, almost getting a triple double, coming in with 9 assists.
The other key role players around Harden also had a good game with Trevor Ariza who had 20 points and Josh Smith having 17 points.
Another one of the Rockets’ star, Dwight Howard left the game with a knee injury when his teammate Josh Smith fell into his knee, bending it sideways. He is questionable for game two which takes place Thursday, May 21. But the Rockets are used to playing without Howard. Earlier in the season Howard went down with an injury that kept him out for 41 games, which the Rockets won 27 of those games. The Golden State Warriors overcame a 16 point deficit in the second quarter, and never trailed after that, going on a 25-6 run. The Rockets hung around, and it was a tied game, 95-95 late in the fourth, but the Warriors slowly began to pull away and won. The Rockets are looking to steal game two which is in Oakland at the Warriors home court and after this game, they will play two back in Houston.However, the Rockets are used to coming back from being down. In the series before, they were down 3 games 1. There has only been a few teams in NBA history that have ever come back from being down 3-1, which the Rockets did against the Los Angles Clippers.
The Rockets star James Harden says, “We’ve done a great job of letting things go. It’s all about game 2 now.” Referring back to the series against the LA Clippers. Game 2 will be held Thursday tonight in Oakland at 6:00 PM.