Barkley makes insane Warriors-Rockets prediction following Game 1

Kawakami Why the Warriors might not start the Hamptons 5 in Game 1

But if you think the Houston Rockets should be favored over the Golden State Warriors simply because they won more games and hence have the home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals, well, you're off.

But the inevitability of the Golden State Warriors took hold as Game 1 wore on, resulting in a 119-106 victory for the defending champions.

The Rockets and Warriors had a near identical route to this stage with both teams losing one game in each of their series' so far.

Since the Golden State Warriors started their four-year run of post-season appearances, demand has steadily grown.

One thing that appears close to certain - the Warriors-Rockets conference final series should be a wild, high-scoring affair. D'Antoni is a clear candidate for Coach of the Year. "I'm taking the Warriors in three".

The Rockets stormed out with a 21-12 lead with 5:12 left in the first quarter, but the Warriors remained composed enough to respond back. Golden State went to KD over and over on the block, and he knocked down a bunch of tough jumpers en route to 37 points on 14-of-27 shooting.

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Harden scored the last of his 24 first-half points on a fast-break dunk but Golden State's Nick Young answered with his third 3-pointer of the half to lift the Warriors level 56-56 at half-time.

The Rockets also match up fairly well with the Warriors as they've acquired a strong crop of wing defenders and one of the best point guard defenders in league history in CP3.

"Houston, they never stop", Durant said. He hit three 3-pointers, attempted six free throws and attacked the rim easily. That's going to be extremely hard, and you won't find anyone but the Rockets themselves or homer Rockets fans picking Houston to win at this point.

The Warriors need Green to play with passion, but when he goes overboard like this, it does more harm than good. Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds. They will get hot.

Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. Golden State has tallied three championships in six Finals bids since moving from Philadelphia to California's Bay Area in 1962. His minutes have increased each game he plays and he was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the Pelicans series.

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