He hit three three-pointers, attempted six free throws and attacked the rim easily.
And he didn't stop there.
"If that's the game plan they want to stick with, my job is just to make it as tough as possible", said Curry, who had 18 points. Golden State recovered by the end of the first quarter, brining the game to within a single point off a couple of timely shots from Kevin Durant. I don't know what you do to guard him. Tucker, Gerald Green, Nene any and all of them got hands put on them by Durant as the Warriors ran away with a 119-106 Game 1 victory at Houston's Toyota Center.
At one point in the first half Paul found himself under the Golden State basketball trying to dribble around Kevin Durant.
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"When you get this deep in the playoffs, it's all about defense", Warriors coach Steve Kerr says in his postgame press conference.
D'Antoni was asked if he thinks the Warriors have seen a team as talented and unsafe as the Rockets are this season.
Game 2 is set for Wednesday night at 9 PM.
The Warriors are clearly delighting in the notion that the Rockets are shrinking on the grand stage, the stage the Warriors have ruled for years.
The Warriors need Green to play with passion, but when he goes overboard like this, it does more harm than good. An adversarial crowd greeted the Warriors during lineup introductions and throughout the game.More news: The Royal Wedding Is Now Finally, Officially Approved by the Queen
This can't possibly work for every game but if they can wring enough out production from each of our specialists in Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon, Gerald Green, Ryan Anderson and to a certain extent, P.J.
After Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.
Durant managed to do essentially whatever he wanted in the half in terms of scoring, tallying 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
"It's a must that you have to have (someone like him) against Golden State or they're going to get you", he said.
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