Fiery Warriors vow no let-up after road win over Rockets

Sports | 16 May 2018

The Houston Rockets spent an entire campaign getting homecourt advantage throughout the NBA playoffs, but the defending champions Golden State Warriors stole it away with a 119-106 victory.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 as the Warriors took the Western Conference finals opener in a rare series start on the road for a team seeking their third NBA title in four years. "We're just trying to win every game we play," forward Draymond Green said. "It ends up being 'stealing home court' but we don't look at it that way. We won one game on the road. Let's try to win two."

Stephen Curry added 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists while Green contributed nine rebounds and nine assists. "It's a great start," said Thompson, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. "We're not going to relax. We still have a long way to go."

League scoring champion James Harden had 41 points to lead the Rockets, who also host Game Two tomorrow (HK time).

Harden said the Rockets need to cut down on turnovers because "if you take bad shots or turn the ball over, that's what [the Warriors] thrive on. Those mistakes can't happen."

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said: "If we're going to knock these guys off we have to get a better mental focus."

Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who fell behind in the third period and couldn't catch up in the fourth.

"Every time we made a mistake they made us pay," Paul said. "Some of it was breakdowns ... We have to communicate better."

Thompson had a three-pointer and two free throws in a 10-2 Warriors run that Durant capped with a three-pointer for a 100-87 lead with seven minutes 58 seconds remaining. Houston never threatened again.

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