The Golden State Warriors are going back to Houston, but not before forcing a Game 7 with a commanding 115-86 victory. Now, you’d be a little caught off guard had you seen this score line after only watching the first half. But the Warriors’ dominance in the second half taught us two things. James Harden needs Chris Paul. Which means, obviously, that the Houston Rockets need Chris Paul.
After the first quarter, though, things were looking good. Harden’s hot shooting and the Rockets would jump out to a 39-22 lead. But as they often do, the Warriors would get hot. And yet, Houston would weather the storm and take a 10-point lead into halftime. Then Klay Thompson and company cut the deficit to two in just 90 seconds. The rest of the game would be an absolute bloodbath. Thompson continues to live for Game 6s, racking up 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting (9-of-14 from deep). Fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 29 points of his own on 12-of-23 shooting (5-of-14 from deep).
Meanwhile, Harden and the Rockets had zero answers for the Warriors in the second half. Everyone ran out of gas. The Rockets got blow out by 39 points in the second half. They only put up 25 total — including just nine in the fourth quarter. Now they have to go back home and regroup.
But if these are the Warriors that show up for Game 7, then it’s probably not going to matter.