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The Golden State Warriors evened up their best-of-seven series with the Houston Rockets with a 115-86 destruction of them at Oracle Arena. The game did not start out well at all for the Warriors as they fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter and they trailed the Rockets by 10 at the half. Te 2nd half was a different story altogether as the Warriors outscored the Rockets 64-25 after the break on their way to the 29 point win.
Houston Was Outscored By The Splash Brothers In The 2nd Half
25 points in the second half by one of the best offensive teams in the league. That is just unheard of in the modern era of three-point shooting. That 25 points that the Rockets scored in the second half also led to many Over bettors in the game (like me) to throw things around the house. LOL. It was a horrible beat for anyone who had the Over in the game, especially since the teams were on pace for 244 points after the first period and 224 points at the half. They were even on pace for 215 after three quarters, but the high-powered Rockets were able to total just nine points in the 4th quarter. Even worse for Houston was the fact that Klay Thompson and Seth Curry had 37 points in this second half, so they outscored the Rockets on their own after the break.
I feel that is lack of depth that really hurt them in the 2nd half of the game. They were missing Chris Paul and he has been a huge part of their success this year. The Rockets will jack up many more threes with Paul out and those threes were really falling in the first half. The Rockets hit 11/17 from long range in the first half but were just 4/17 from distance after the break. Chris Paul would have helped them greatly in the 2nd half of the game and the Over bettors would not be holding a losing ticket right now.
Warriors Are Big Favorites For Game Seven
The Rockets just don’t have a lot of depth right now and at the pace they play at, they will be prone to tiring late in the game and that is exactly what happened in this game and it could very well happen in game seven, especially if Chris Paul misses that game as well. He is listed as questionable for that game. The Rockets did use 10 players in game six, but the bench scored just 13 points in the game and when the Splash Brothers are hitting their threes for the Warriors, you clearly need many more weapons than the Rockets had in that game. Their lack of depth is showing up in the line as the Rockets were -2.5, -2 and -1 point favorites in their first three home games of this series, but they are currently +6 point home dogs for this game seven.
I like the Warriors to take this game and it could be very easy as well. They have the momentum and are not intimidated on the road. The Rockets just don’t have the depth right now to hang with the mighty Warriors for a full 40 minutes and even if Paul does play, I just don’t feel that the Rockets will have what it takes to move on to the NBA Finals.