The Houston Rockets have publicly stated that they were built to do one thing and that is to try and take down the Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets had the best record in all of the NBA and worked to secure home court for this series against the Warriors.
Unfortunately for Houston the advantage dissipated in a single game as Golden State was just better in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, as they defeated the hosts 119-106 Monday evening at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Leading the way for Golden State was Kevin Durant, as the 29-year-old small forward from Washington, DC had a team high 37 points, while pulling down three rebounds and dishing out a single assist for the game.
This was Durant's fourth 30-point game of the 2018 post-season. Klay Thompson also had 28 points for Golden State in the victory and while Stephen Curry was held to 18 points, the Warriors had far too many weapons for Houston.
One game into the Conference Finals and almost absurdly the Rockets face what is effectively a must-win Game 2. Even if the Rockets win Game 2, they still face an uphill climb to win this series.
James Harden was one of the positives for the Rockets, as the 28-year-old shooting guard from Bellflower, California had a game high 41 points, while grabbing four rebounds and passing out seven assists for the contest.
Chris Paul chipped in with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but the Rockets need more from their supporting cast or this will be a very short series.
Houston are 29/20 to win the series, with the Warriors 20/33, while Golden State are 7/5 to claim a 4-2 series victory.
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