James Harden's salty response on why he lost to Warriors

Marcus Newton
May 29, 2018

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics hug after the game during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Action Network says it'll be the fifth time that James's team has been a double-digit playoff underdog; his team covered the spread in three of the previous four but won only one of those games outright.

"Yes", he said, "because it's really hard". It's the fourth straight such title that the Cavs have won with LeBron James leading the team to an improbable run to the 2018 NBA Finals.

The Warriors beat the Rockets 115-86 on Saturday to level the series and force their decisive game seven on Monday in Houston.

Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, has missed the past four games after bumping knees with Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. All the Warriors had to do was defend for five seconds, and they'd enter the second half with a single-digit deficit that so often disappears at the feet of their vaunted offense.

In an era where so many thought this Warriors' team was untouchable, Houston managed to push Golden State to the brink.

There wasn't a lot of similarity in Cleveland's and Golden State's seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another - both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals.

The Rockets were behind by 13 after a three by Curry and had missed 27 straight three-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.

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"We were lucky to escape out of here", Kerr said. While it only led to nine second-chance points because Houston shot just four of 14 on those chances, it was the kind of effort that demoralizes an opponent. And given the way the Warriors play - nearly always together, nearly never with panic - this series was destined to end in a hail of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant jump shots.

Houston finally found a little offence after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.

Scoring a 10.3 in metered market results, last night's Warrior-Rockets game was the highest-rated National Basketball Association game this year on cable or broadcast.

Our recommended way to watch Rockets vs Warriors Game 7 online live streaming without cable tonight is through Hulu Live TV. But after his layup cut Golden State's lead to 89-83, Warriors star Kevin Durant avoided an offseason of intense criticism by pushing back in the best way he knows how.

This wasn't all peaches for Golden State, either.

Monday night the Rockets slowly built a first half lead on the Warriors.

Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. In the first quarter, with Thompson sidelined with foul trouble for 10 minutes, it put another non-shooter on the floor (Jordan Bell, Shaun Livingston, Draymond Green) that the Rockets could help off of.

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