Game 1 in 60 seconds: Fans agree Rockets must stop Kevin Durant

If there's a silver lining for the Rockets, it's that Ariza, Tucker and Mbah a Moute hopefully won't combine to go 1-of-9 from three in any other game this series.

Harden battled him at least in terms of points as he went for 41 of his own, but they came in vastly different ways.

As they have all season, though, the Warriors took control in the third quarter.

Another day, another big playoff performance for Kevin Durant.

The Warriors won 119-106 against the Rockets last night at the Toyota Center in Houston, meaning they take a 1-0 lead in their series, and another step closer towards making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Kevin Durant was ruthless.

Durant scored from all over the floor Monday, totalling 37 points.

Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense. This is the dilemma for Houston-what do you do when Durant is cooking?

Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.

Insane enough, Durant only had three rebounds, one assist and a block.

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Paul also called on Houston to improve ahead of the next game, ensuring the Warriors find life tougher on Wednesday.

James Harden put forth a valiant effort.

And when it wasn't Looney, it was usually Stephen Curry. We already know the Warriors are good at this but the Rockets have got to better.

The Rockets stretched the lead to 21-15 on a Clint Capela dunk after the Warriors were caught scrambling defensively. Golden State also had 18 fastbreak points as against Houston's paltry three-point output in their transition attack. The Rockets were working very hard for every look at the basket, while it looked too easy for the Warriors as they feasted on cuts and kick outs.

Harden carried the Rockets offensively in game one. CP3 finally ended his conference finals drought and played a major role in doing so, but he'll need to be better for Houston to have a chance.

With 41 points, seven assists, and four rebounds, it is safe to say that Rockets guard James Harden absolutely brought his "A" game.

While Paul will likely be better, there are more questions about Houston's other guys.

With every made shot, defensive stop and foul, the Warriors and Rockets showed in 48 minutes why this became an anticipated playoff matchup for almost 10 months. Durant's offensive output helped make-up for a quiet offensive night from Curry, who scored just 18 points on 8-15 shooting, but did add eight assists with the defense chasing him all night. Green led all players with nine helpers in the game. It turns out having four All-Stars is quite the luxury, and the Warriors even found some money with Nick Young hitting three triples off the bench.

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