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Warriors spark over Rockets to reach NBA finals

  • Published at 11:33 am May 29th, 2018
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drives against Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green during the second half of game seven of the Western conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on Monday REUTERS

Stephen Curry scored 27 points with Kevin Durant adding 34 as the Golden State Warriors advanced to an unprecedented fourth NBA finals meeting in a row against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Stephen Curry inspired a second-half fightback as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors booked their fourth consecutive NBA finals appearance with a 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Curry scored 27 points with Kevin Durant adding 34 as the Warriors advanced to an unprecedented fourth NBA finals meeting in a row against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors' Western Conference finals game seven victory in Houston handed them a 4-3 series win, and came after the Rockets had led by as many as 15 points in the first half.

The Warriors had looked vulnerable after a sluggish first-half performance that saw them trail 54-43 at half-time.

But just as they have done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors found an extra gear in the third period, with Curry and Durant suddenly finding their range from three-point distance to come roaring back into the contest.

"Basketball is a 48-minute game and no matter how badly we played, how many shots we missed, there's always time to turn it around," Curry said. "The second half was unbelievable. Happy to be back in the finals."

The Warriors outscored the Rockets by 33-15 in the third quarter, surging into a double-digit lead that they never looked like surrendering.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni meanwhile attempted to put a brave face on a loss which came after his team had battled into a 3-2 lead earlier in the series.

"I couldn't be prouder of our team," D'Antoni said. "There's no quit in them. We saw where the bar was this year, but we just couldn't quite get there.

"We'll take our summer off and then we'll try it again next season."