Warriors win Game 7 in Houston; face LeBron and Cavs on Thursday

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics near the end of the second half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Sunday

The Warriors unleashed one of their trademark 3rd-quarter runs as the defending champions outscored the Rockets, 33-15, in the period.

"For us to have the firepower to kind of turn the momentum to our side pretty quickly, you know, get some stops, make some shots, and start to feel a little bit better about ourselves, it was a fun night all the way around", Curry said.

Entering the third quarter the Rockets led 54-43, but had missed nine 3-pointers in a row.

Golden State never opened as anywhere close to this big of favorite in the previous three Finals meetings with Cleveland.

"Yes", he said, "because it's really hard". The win secures a Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers matchup in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season.

James and multiple teammates have described their up-and-down trek this year as such, and the four-time MVP reiterated it after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We have an opportunity to play for a championship", James said. Which is why it's easy to wonder if a healthy Paul would have been enough to stop the Warriors second-half surge.

In an era where so many thought this Warriors' team was untouchable, Houston managed to push Golden State to the brink. "It's only a matter of time before they get going". What could also be factored into the equation is the absence of All-Star point guard Chris Paul due to a grade 2 right hamstring strain, which could have also given them the lift on both ends of the floor to pull out the win. Curry went 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-5 from distance as he logged 11 of the 12 third-quarter minutes. "If we get a couple of stops and a few threes we're back in it", Kerr said. Boston was 7 for 39 from 3-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. Draymond Green rolled his ankle in the fourth quarter of Game 7 on Monday.

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The Rockets, minus Paul, simply didn't have the firepower to keep up with Golden State's superstars.

"Those guys are fantastic, two of the best shot-creators in the league", Thompson said of Curry and Durant's performances.

At that point, it was just too much ground to make up.

The Warriors were down by 11 points at halftime and faced a first-half deficit as high as 15.

If the Cavaliers win this championship, it might be time to declare the regular season irrelevant.

Tucker's three was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.

The Celtics' 79 points were a playoff low against the Cavs. Terry Rozier was 2-14 from the filed and 0-10 from downtown, Marcus Smart was 1-10 from the field and 0-4 from downtown, Marcus Morris was 5-14 from the field and 2-6 from downtown, and Jaylen Brown was 5-18 from the field and 3-12 from downtown. Capela was a huge factor, hitting seven of eight shots for 14 of his 20 points in the first half. That's where the game's going.

"Everybody doubted us", Cavaliers forward Jeff Green said.

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