Warriors feel very comfortable in Houston
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) loses control of the ball as he drives around Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Associated Press - Facing the Golden State Warriors at home isn’t necessarily an advantage for the Houston Rockets.
The Warriors have beaten the Rockets five of the last six times the two teams have faced off in Houston. They’ll meet again in Houston on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals as the Rockets try to tie the best-of-7 series at a game apiece.
Here’s a breakdown of the last six Warriors-Rockets regular-season or playoff matchups in Houston.
APRIL 24, 2016: WARRIORS 121, ROCKETS 94
The Warriors set an NBA single-game playoff record by sinking 21 3-pointers to withstand the loss of Stephen Curry, who sat out the second half with a sprained right knee. The victory enabled Golden State to take a 3-1 lead in a first-round playoff series it would win in five games.
JAN. 20, 2017: WARRIORS 125, ROCKETS 108
Kevin Durant scored 32 points while the Rockets struggled from 3-point range. Houston shot 7 of 35 from behind the arc, with James Harden going 0 of 5 and Eric Gordon shooting 0 of 7. Clint Capela led Houston with 22 points.
MARCH 28, 2017: WARRIORS 113, ROCKETS 106
Curry scored 32 points and Klay Thompson added 25 as the Warriors got off to fast start and stayed in front. Golden State scored 37 points in the first quarter and went on to earn its 60th win of the season.
JAN. 4, 2018: WARRIORS 124, ROCKETS 114
Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and Draymond Green recorded a triple-double. Each team was missing one of its star players, as Harden had a hamstring strain and Durant had a strained right calf. Green collected 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 30 points and Gerald Green had 29 points with eight 3-pointers for the Rockets.
JAN. 20, 2018: ROCKETS 116, WARRIORS 108
Chris Paul had 33 points and 11 rebounds as the home team won for the only time in the four matchups (three regular-season games and one playoff meeting) between these two contenders this season. Durant had 26 points to lead Golden State.
MAY 14, 2018: WARRIORS 119, ROCKETS 106
Durant scored 37 points to give the second-seeded Warriors a 1-0 lead over the top-seeded Rockets in the Western Conference finals. This marked the first time the Warriors opened a playoff series on the road since a 2014 first-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers.