The Golden State Warriors are headed back to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row.
It wasn’t without a come back from the Warriors and a little bit of missed shots from the Houston Rockets to help the defending champions seal their way to the Finals again. The Rockets missed a total of 27 straight three-point shots in the second half.
Golden State trailed by as many as 15 points and found themselves back in front in a similar fashion to Game 6. After erasing the Rockets lead the Warriors never trailed into the second quarter as Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter.
Kevin Durant led all Warriors with 34 points on 11-for-21 shooting.
Live by the three or die by the three certainly applied for the Rockets in Game 7 as they only connected on 7 of the 44 attempts from behind the three-point line. James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Rockets played without Chris Paul for the second straight game due to a hamstring injury. Houston was outscored 33-15 in the third quarter and only could get as close as within five points in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets finished with the league’s best record at 65 wins in the regular season. Harden enters another summer as one of the MVP Candidate Finalists which will be announced during the NBA’s Award Show on June 25th.
Golden State will now revisit the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row facing the very same Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors will host Game 1 on Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for a 9 PM EST start.