Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Stephen Curry Brushes Off Injury Concerns, Kevin Durant Admits Warriors 'Not Invincible'

Stephen Curry Brushes Off Injury Concerns, Kevin Durant Admits Warriors 'Not Invincible'

Star guard James Harden made the double-double with 10 rebounds and 27 points. Eric Gordon added 27 off the bench as five players scored in double figures for a Rockets team chastened by a 119-106 series-opening defeat on their home floor on Monday.

Durant held up his end of the bargain in Game 2, scoring 38 points on almost 60 percent shooting, and he kept the Warriors within striking distance after the team jumped out to a poor start, turning the ball over seven times in the first quarter. Up 26-21 after one quarter, the Rockets wouldn't trail from there.

The Houston Rockets were the best team in the National Basketball Association in the regular season.

"We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play", coach Mike D'Antoni said.

Instead, we saw the Rockets establish that they are as good as they were advertised to be coming into this series - the showed that their limp Game 1 performance isn't the only way they can play. Some games you're going to get knocked out. "You can look at it any way you want. and parcel it out, but it didn't matter who we had out there tonight we got beat". "We just did it better and longer".

Stephen Curry managed just 16 points during the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 loss against the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors made three free throws to get within 11 early in the fourth quarter before the Rockets scored the next 11 points, with 3s from Gordon, Tucker and Harden to make it 111-89 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play. So, yes, more than half of the Rockets' Game 2 points came from Tucker, Ariza, and Gordon.

P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1. That wasn't the reason the Warriors lost, for sure, and it'd be aggressive - plausible, but aggressive - to say Curry expending energy on the defensive end is the reason he's not shooting well right now. As a team, the Rockets shot 51 percent from the field and 16 of 42 from the three-point line and it really wasn't the Harden show we're used to seeing. "If he can continue to do what he does, I'll shoot the ball better and play better defense, other guys will get involved and we'll be in great shape".

The Golden State Warriors point guard suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee early in March and only returned in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-finals win over the New Orleans Pelicans. The winners of the series will face either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Finals games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 9-22 ATS in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record. Even more impressive? Ariza and Tucker combined to miss just three shots the entire game and all three combined to hit 12-of-18 from behind the arc. "He's the kind of competitor and player who will bounce back from a tough night".

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