Published On: Tue, May 15th, 2018

By the numbers: Warriors' dominance on full display in Game 1 victory

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It took 82 games for the Houston Rockets to earn home-court advantage through the NBA playoffs, but all the reigning champion Golden State Warriors needed was one to rip it away from them.

Monday’s 119-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was a gentle reminder from the Warriors to the rest of the basketball world that they’re simply on another level. The 65-win Rockets got tremendous outings out of their star backcourt of Chris Paul and James Harden and still got blown out by double digits.

Here are some noteworthy numbers from Golden State’s impressive road win at the Toyota Center.

1: 3-pointer for Stephen Curry in 35 minutes. That’s his fewest long-range conversions in a playoff game since Game 1 of the second round against the Utah Jazz last year.

6: Losses for Houston with James Harden, Clint Capela, and Chris Paul all playing. They had a 50-5 record prior to Monday’s defeat.

14: Wins in Game 1s for Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. His 14-1 record in series openers is the best in playoff history for a coach with a minimum of five games.

18: Fastbreak points for the Warriors to Houston’s three.

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+19: Draymond Green’s game-high plus-minus rating. He scored five points on as many shot attempts in 37 minutes.


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25: Playoff victories for the Warriors since Kevin Durant signed with the franchise in 2016. They’ve lost just three times.

27: Points in isolation for Durant. Everyone else on the Warriors had seven combined.

54: Points on uncontested looks for Golden State. That’s the most Houston has allowed these playoffs and the second-most the Warriors have put up.

60: Combined shots for Durant, Curry, and Klay Thompson. Golden State attempted 80 in total, with the All-Star trio accounting for 75 percent – the highest they’ve ever taken in a game.

67: Seconds into Game 1 before Green was assessed a technical foul.

80: Consecutive playoff games in which Curry has sunk a 3-pointer.



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