James Harden's big performance was not enough to lead the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
Harden totalled 41 points and seven assists but the Warriors took home a 119-106 victory in Houston to take a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The @warriors win Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals!— NBA (@NBA) May 15, 2018
GSW defeats @HoustonRockets 119-106 to take a 1-0 series lead!
Kevin Durant: 37 PTS
Klay: 28 PTS, 6 3PM
Steph: 18 PTS, 8 AST, 6 REB
Draymond: 5 PTS, 9 AST, 9 REB#DubNation #NBAPlayoffs
Harden: 41 PTS, 7 AST, 5 3PM pic.twitter.com/oXAVi0xCVp
Golden State and Houston headed into half-time tied at 56. But Golden State used an extended run in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead with two minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the period. Houston never regained the lead as the Warriors cruised to the win.
Golden State are now 25-3 in their last 28 playoff games and are showing no signs of slowing down with their versatile weapons.
Kevin Durant tallied 37 points to lead Golden State while Klay Thompson added 28. Houston guard Chris Paul finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in his first career conference finals game.
Golden State knocked down 13 three-pointers in the game and shot 52.5 from the field.
HARDEN, DURANT IMPRESS
Harden carried the Rockets offensively in game one. He tallied 24 first-half points and finished the game with 41 on 14-of-24 shooting.
Durant scored from all over the floor Monday, totalling 37 points. He hit three three-pointers, attempted six free throws and attacked the rim with ease.
Trevor Ariza was limited by foul trouble all game, picking up his fifth with 9:35 to play in the third quarter. He registered 23 total minutes, finishing with eight points on three-of-eight shooting.
Luc Mbah a Moute did not help the Rockets off the bench. He failed to score, shot 0 of six from the field and registered a minus-14 for the game in 17 minutes of action.