With no Kevin Durant available on Friday night, many opined that the Houston Rockets were shoe-ins to win Game 6. Some even went as far as to say that the Golden State Warriors would lose the series. But Steph Curry and the Warriors’ much maligned bench stepped up to seal the series with a 118-113 win in Houston.
The Warriors got into halftime knotted up at 57-57 with the Rockets thanks to some of their lesser known stars coming up clutch. Curry was not one of those, scoring zero points on 0-5 shooting. James Harden had dominated in that first half, yet his team had been unable to build a lead. It was at that precise moment that you had a feeling something was going to go amiss for the Rockets, and boy did it ever. Curry had an otherworldly second half, draining 33 points, 23 of which came in the decisive fourth quarter, to make up for the bagel he dished out in the first half of the game. And that was enough in the end to give his team the series win at 4-2, giving them a little bit of extra rest for Tuesday’s Western Conference Finals where they will face either Denver or Portland. With or without KD, it may not matter. This is the team to beat, and they might have just been awoke from a deep sleep.