Stephen Curry leads Warriors to a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals
The Golden State Warriors got their NBA Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, off to a near perfect start after winning Game 1 of the Western Conference finals 110-106 in front of a packed home crowd on Tuesday night.
MVP Stephen Curry was the star of the show for the Warriors, netting 34 points in the game while James Harden put in a commendable performance for the visitors, scoring 28 points himself.
The home team employed the 6’7’’ tall Draymond Green at center and finished the first quarter on a 21-4 run. Shaun Livingston proved to be the star for the Warriors in the quarter, as he scored 14 out of his 18 points to help their side eventually finish with a three-point lead at the half-time mark.
Kerr defends shooting ploy
Talking about the strategy to start with a team of shooters, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that it wasn't rocket science to employ such a strategy and even their opposition have done it earlier.
"It really stretches people out. Houston does the same thing. It was an interesting chess match, because they like to go small and we like to go small,” he said.
Stephen Curry, who once again proved to be the best player on display for the Warriors, said that there was no dull play from both teams as both sides were going all-out for a win.
"It's entertaining basketball. We're both supposed to help our team win and do what we can to impact the game,” he said.
Harden admitted that the Rockets provided sufficient layup chances to the Warriors and that in the end led to their downfall.
"You can't give a really good shooting team easy layups and confidence.That's what we did in the second quarter,” the shooting guard said.