News ID: 215915
Published: 0101 GMT May 29, 2018

Warriors head into fourth successive Finals against Cavs

Warriors head into fourth successive Finals against Cavs
Rockets center Clint Capela (R) is hit in the face as he scores over Warriors forward Kevin Durant (L) in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference Finals in Houston’s Toyota Center on May 28, 2018.

Stephen Curry inspired a second-half fightback as the reigning champions Golden State Warriors booked their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance with a 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Curry scored 27 points with Kevin Durant adding 34 as the Warriors advanced to an unprecedented fourth NBA Finals meeting in a row against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, AFP reported.

The Warriors' Western Conference Finals Game 7 victory in Houston handed them a 4-3 series win, and came after the Rockets had led by as many as 15 points in the first half.

The Warriors had looked vulnerable after a sluggish first-half performance that saw them trail 54-43 at halftime.

But just as they have done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors found an extra gear in the third period, with Curry and Durant suddenly finding their range from three-point distance to come roaring back into the contest.

"Basketball is a 48-minute game and no matter how badly we played, how many shots we missed, there's always time to turn it around," Curry said. "The second half was unbelievable. Happy to be back in the finals."

The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 33-15 in the third quarter, surging into a double-digit lead that they never looked like surrendering.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni meanwhile attempted to put a brave face on a loss which came after his team had battled into a 3-2 lead earlier in the series.

"I couldn't be prouder of our team," D'Antoni said. "There's no quit in them. We saw where the bar was this year, but we just couldn't quite get there.

"We'll take our summer off and then we'll try it again next season."

Rockets ace James Harden, who finished with 32 points, said his team's second-half performances in Games 6 and 7 had decided the fate of the series.

"One half of basketball. Two games, six and seven. We just didn't have the same energy that we had in the first half, the pace," Harden said. "It's extremely frustrating."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said there had been no hint of panic at halftime as the Warriors trailed.

"I just tried to remind them that at halftime it was an 11-point game, and that's two minutes. If we get a couple of stops and a few threes we're back in it," Kerr said.


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