Durant, Warriors beat Rockets in Game 1

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James Harden scored 41 points in the losing effort for the Rockets, who find themselves down 1-0 going into Wednesday's Game 2, which will also be at the Toyota Center in Houston. Kevin is the guy that puts you over the hump. How does each team match up with the other? Each team hit 13 3-pointers.

With the Golden State Warriors firing on all cylinders on Monday night, they couldn't. Golden State gave the ball away nine times. We go into the Xs and Os, the performances, and some of the potential adjustments for Game 2. However, excluding Eric Gordon, who scored 15 points off the bench, the Rockets received precious little from their role players.

"For us, we're gonna look at the film and a lot of it we already know; we've just got to do it better, because obviously they make you pay when you make mistakes".

Houston's Game 1 numbers were similar to the statistics that helped them earn the league's best record.

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A true renaissance mid-range artist, Durant pulverized great defenders like Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela with a pull-up jump shot clinic - ruthlessly rising over them and finding his sweet spots all over the floor.

Harden and Durant were incendiary from the start, combining for 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting in the first quarter. The trio shot a combined 49.5 percent from the field in the regular season.

The Warriors essentially stole the home court advantage from the Rockets, defeating them in Houston 119-106.

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