The Rockets went 15-9 without Paul during the regular season - 15-6 when probable MVP James Harden and blossoming star center Clint Capela both played - but were blown out by the Warriors in Game 6 despite building an early 17-point lead.
The defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors face Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals when they take on the Houston Rockets in a single showdown that will live stream from Toyota Center in Houston.
Paul will be officially listed as "questionable" for Monday's series finale, but Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says it will be "probably doubtful" that he plays.More news: Team Penske to give Helio Indy 500 ride in '19
Based on metered market ratings, Game 7 on ESPN was the highest-rated telecast across all of television for Sunday, May 27. The Rockets couldn't have played better in the first half.
"Man, it hurts bad", said veteran Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who had perhaps the most brutal night of all, going scoreless on 0-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-9 from deep. Tell us who was clutch in the comments! The Los Angeles Lakers were 12-point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2001 Finals, a game won by the Sixers.
"You don't buy heart at the supermarket", D'Antoni said during his pregame news conference.More news: Italy's euroskeptic candidate for economy minister seeks to reassure president
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates with teammates as they receive their trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr informed reporters of Iguodala's absence in the series finale on Monday during shootaround. "Obviously, he's a big part of why we're here, but we had opportunities, especially in the first half both games".More news: How The Warriors Unleashed Klay Thompson
The Rockets' best would have been good enough to beat anyone else in the NBA Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Golden State found a way to overcome Thompson's three fouls in the first 3 minutes 39 seconds of the game, Durant's shaky start (three missed free throws in the first quarter) and Golden State's own significant absentee: Andre Iguodala. Houston was 7-of-44 from 3-point range in the game. Houston kept firing threes despite missing consistently. "I don't have much else to say".
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