Rockets lament missed chances after losing to Warriors

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Kevin Durant hugged general manager Bob Myers, while always-animated Nick Young beamed wearing his Finals hat and "Champions of the West" T-shirt, then enjoyed hoisting the shiny trophy. It might require four games of around 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists - about what James is averaging in 18 games this postseason.

In all likelihood, the Warriors will storm past the Cavaliers in four or five games, validating the oddsmakers who made them preposterously large favorites.

"So it will be interesting to see how competitive LeBron James can make this Finals".

That's "a" as in one, if you're scoring at home. "Our focus is winning a championship, playing our best basketball heading into the playoffs, which I thought we got better and better over the course of the playoffs". This will make the fourth consecutive matchup between the two squads in the Finals.

"Harden opened the game 4 of 5 from the floor but finished 12 of 29 for thegame".

The Texas-based outfit secured the number one seed in the west for the first time in franchise history and won a record 65 games in the regular season.

His fellow analyst, Mark Jackson, was a bit less gloomy about the Cavaliers' chances.

"I hate when people say that", Curry told USA Today before the Warriors clinched their spot in the Finals.

As for the Wolves, it may come as no surprise that they ranked in the bottom third of the league given ball-dominant players Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns - they finished 23rd with 241.5 passes per game. But that didn't keep ESPN analyst Jalen Rose from trying. All easier said than done.

Yet Golden State flicked the switch after the break, and Curry and Durant soon began raining down buckets from distance.

Fans might have appreciated some new blood. The Rockets struggled to drum up offense in the second half and sure looked like they needed a second creator as they went ice cold from downtown (Houston at one point missed 27 straight three-point attempts).

"I think it was just a level of experience and maturity from our group that helped us get to the finish line", Curry said.

"It's a tremendous story", Jackson said. The majority of us take his greatness for granted, but it really is incredible what he continues to do on a nightly basis. He started for Kevin Love and scored 19 points with eight rebounds, and provided the versatility to switch onto any Boston player on defense in what was Cleveland's best defensive performance statistically of the entire season.

Most importantly, the game's biggest star remains in the spotlight.

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