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    Strong second half allows Warriors to take huge road win over Rockets in opener of West finals

    May 15, 2018
    Golden State forward Kevin Durant plays 40 minutes, making 14 of 27 field goal attempts. AP

    HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference finals on Monday night (Tuesday, Manila time).

    Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as nine early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.

    Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within four, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.

    Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.

    Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.

    Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.

     

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    Golden State forward Kevin Durant plays 40 minutes, making 14 of 27 field goal attempts. AP
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