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Warriors reach 4th straight NBA Finals with win over Houston

HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry and Golden State turned all those Houston bricks into a road back to the NBA Finals.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround, and the Warriors earned a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals by beating the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.

''We know we can make an 11-point lead evaporate with two minutes of good basketball,'' Klay Thompson said.

Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State's 33 points in the third quarter as Houston's shooting didn't just go cold, it froze. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in that quarter as part of a 1-for-21 second half from long range.

Curry said someone asked him after the victory if it's still special to get to the finals when it's the fourth time in a row.

''Yes,'' he said, ''because it's really hard.''

The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight matchup between the teams.

James Harden had 32 points as the top-seeded Rockets' bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury.

''We just didn't have that extra juice that we needed,'' Harden said.

The Rockets fell apart in the second half again after doing so in Game 6. The Warriors outscored Houston 122-63 in the second half of the final two games.

''It's amazing how long the NBA game is,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''Forty-eight minutes, it lasts a long time and there's so many opportunities to get yourself going as a team. And with our team, there's just so much firepower that at some point, we're going to get going.''

The Rockets finished 7 of 44 on 3-pointers, with Trevor Ariza missing all nine of his attempts, Eric Gordon going 2 for 12 and Harden making just 2 of 13.

Houston was behind by 13 after a 3 by Curry and had missed 27 straight 3-pointers when P.J. Tucker hit one from the corner to cut the lead to 89-79 midway through the quarter.

It was their first 3-pointer since one by Gordon with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter that put the Rockets up 42-28 during a woeful Warriors start.

''We were lucky to escape out of here,'' Kerr said.

Tucker's 3 was the first of seven straight points for Houston which cut the lead to 89-83.

But Durant scored six points in a 9-2 spurt after that which left the Warriors 97-85 with about three minutes to go.

Houston finally found a little offense after that, using a 7-2 run to cut it to 99-92, but their rally bid came up short.

Thompson added 19 for Golden State after scoring 35 in the Game 6 win and the Warriors got a fourth straight start from Kevon Looney with Andre Iguodala sitting out again with a bone bruise on his left leg.

After being down by 10 at halftime of Game 6, the Warriors trailed by 11 entering the third quarter on Monday night. Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 58-53 after a 3-pointer by Nick Young with about eight minutes left in the quarter.

Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.

Harden made two free throws before Curry scored eight points in a row, highlighted by a 3-pointer which bounced high off the rim before falling back in, to make it 72-63 with just over two minutes left in the quarter.

Golden State scored 33 points in the third quarter for the second straight game while Houston managed just 15 points on Monday night after it scored 16 in the third in Game 6.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry went to the locker room with trainers between the first and second quarters, but returned to the bench with about 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter and soon returned to the game. ... Thompson picked up his third foul with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat out most of the period. ... Draymond Green had 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Rockets: Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home. ... Capela finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. ... Tucker had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

PUSHING EACH OTHER

Green and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren't going well for the Warriors.

''I was cussing him out,'' Green said. ''He was cussing me out when I was wrong. I was cussing at him out when he was wrong. But that's what we do. I am the guy who calls him out and he is the guy who calls me out. It's great. You have to have that on your team. To know that you've got guys in your corner means a lot.''

UP NEXT

The Warriors host Game 1 of the finals on Thursday and Game 2 on Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:35   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:33   Team rebound  
11:33   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
11:23   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
11:23 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
11:23 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-2
11:12   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Clint Capela  
11:06   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
11:06 +1 Eric Gordon made 1st of 2 free throws 0-3
11:06 +1 Eric Gordon made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-4
10:48   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by James Harden  
10:48   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
10:31   Bad pass turnover on P.J. Tucker, stolen by Stephen Curry  
10:28   Shooting foul on Trevor Ariza  
10:28 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 1-4
10:28 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-4
10:16   Traveling violation turnover on Clint Capela  
10:07 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 4-4
9:51   James Harden missed driving layup  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:43   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:40   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
9:30   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:26   Offensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
9:24 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 4-7
8:57 +2 Kevin Durant made floating jump shot 6-7
8:49   Bad pass turnover on P.J. Tucker, stolen by Stephen Curry  
8:43 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 9-7
8:36   Kicked ball violation  
8:35   Offensive foul on James Harden  
8:35   Offensive foul on James Harden  
8:28   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Eric Gordon  
8:21 +3 James Harden made 3-pt. jump shot 9-10
8:21   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
8:21   James Harden missed free throw  
8:21   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:57   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
7:33 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Harden 9-13
7:18   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
7:05 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by Eric Gordon 9-15
6:51   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:36   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
6:35   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:35   P.J. Tucker missed dunk  
6:34   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:30   Shooting foul on Eric Gordon  
6:30   Team rebound  
6:30   Kevin Durant missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:30   Kevin Durant missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:28   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
6:28   Personal foul on Quinn Cook  
6:28   Clint Capela missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:28   Team rebound  
6:28   Clint Capela missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
6:10   Stephen Curry missed finger-roll layup  
6:10   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
6:09   Jordan Bell missed dunk  
6:04   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
6:01   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Bell, stolen by James Harden  
5:51   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:48   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
5:47   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:44   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:36   Gerald Green missed jump shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:28   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:23   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
5:16   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
5:04   Gerald Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:01   Offensive rebound by James Harden  
4:50   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
4:38 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 11-15
4:27 +3 P.J. Tucker made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trevor Ariza 11-18
4:05 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 14-18
3:42   Lost ball turnover on Trevor Ariza, stolen by Jordan Bell  
3:37 +2 Draymond Green made dunk, assist by Shaun Livingston 16-18
3:23   Gerald Green missed reverse layup  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
3:16   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
2:59 +2 James Harden made reverse layup 16-20
2:35   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
2:22 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 16-22
2:16   Shooting foul on Ryan Anderson  
2:16   Kevin Durant missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:16   Team rebound  
2:16 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-22
2:05   James Harden missed driving layup  
2:01   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
1:45   Kevon Looney missed hook shot  
1:44   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
1:43   Jordan Bell missed layup, blocked by Gerald Green  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
1:30   Shooting foul on Jordan Bell  
1:30 +1 James Harden made 1st of 2 free throws 17-23
1:30 +1 James Harden made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-24
1:19 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 19-24
0:52   Trevor Ariza missed driving layup  
0:50   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
0:50   Clint Capela missed dunk  
0:49   Offensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
0:49   Trevor Ariza missed dunk  
0:48   Team rebound  
0:32   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Trevor Ariza  
0:26   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:23   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:05   Personal foul on Ryan Anderson  
0:00   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
0:00   Defensive rebound by Joe Johnson  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   Eric Gordon missed floating jump shot  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
11:30 +2 Klay Thompson made driving layup, assist by Kevin Durant 21-24
11:25   Defensive goaltending violation  
11:12 +2 P.J. Tucker made hook shot, assist by Joe Johnson 21-26
10:53   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Joe Johnson  
10:36 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup 21-28
10:21   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
10:13 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup 21-30
9:55 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Draymond Green 23-30
9:28   Eric Gordon missed jump shot  
9:25   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
9:23   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:21   Team rebound  
9:09   James Harden missed driving layup  
9:04   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
9:02 +2 P.J. Tucker made dunk 23-32
8:48   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:45   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
8:39 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 23-34
8:28   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by James Harden  
8:15   Bad pass turnover on James Harden, stolen by Klay Thompson  
8:10   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
8:09   Team rebound  
8:04   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Gerald Green  
7:54 +2 Clint Capela made alley-oop shot, assist by James Harden 23-36
7:36 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 26-36
7:07 +3 Gerald Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Gordon 26-39
6:59 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 28-39
6:43 +3 Eric Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot 28-42
6:33 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 30-42
6:13   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:11   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
6:08 +2 Clint Capela made layup 30-44
5:54 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 33-44
5:32   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
5:19   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Stephen Curry  
5:19   Team rebound  
5:17   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:14   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
5:08 +2 Clint Capela made layup, assist by Eric Gordon 33-46
5:01   Shooting foul on P.J. Tucker  
5:01   Klay Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:01   Team rebound  
5:01   Klay Thompson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:57   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
4:56   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by James Harden  
4:53 +2 James Harden made dunk 33-48
4:31   Lost ball turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by P.J. Tucker  
4:16   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Team rebound  
4:15   Personal foul on Ryan Anderson  
4:03 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 36-48
3:50   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
3:36   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:36   Team rebound  
3:32   Personal foul on Trevor Ariza  
3:14   Bad pass turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by Trevor Ariza  
3:02   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:56 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 39-48
2:35   James Harden missed driving layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
2:35   Team rebound  
2:28   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:25   Team rebound  
2:19   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Clint Capela  
2:08 +2 Clint Capela made dunk, assist by James Harden 39-50
1:49 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 41-50
1:26 +2 Clint Capela made layup, assist by Eric Gordon 41-52
1:16   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:14   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
1:06   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:03   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
0:59 +2 Stephen Curry made layup 43-52
0:38   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:36   Team rebound  
0:29   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:27   Team rebound  
0:27   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
0:06   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Team rebound  
0:00 +2 Eric Gordon made driving layup 43-54
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:46   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:42   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
11:26   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
11:24   Defensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
11:04 +2 James Harden made finger-roll layup 43-56
10:48 +2 Kevon Looney made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 45-56
10:38   Lost ball turnover on Eric Gordon, stolen by Stephen Curry  
10:32   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:30   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
10:20   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:18   Team rebound  
10:18   Personal foul on Clint Capela  
10:12   Kicked ball violation  
10:03   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by James Harden  
9:56   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Kevin Durant  
9:53   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
9:47   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot  
9:42   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:42 +2 Draymond Green made dunk 47-56
9:31   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
9:18 +2 James Harden made floating jump shot 47-58
8:54   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:50   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
8:49   Kevon Looney missed layup  
8:49   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
8:49   Kevon Looney missed dunk  
8:49   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
8:42 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 50-58
8:26   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
8:16   James Harden missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:14   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:13   Shooting foul on James Harden  
8:13   Kevon Looney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:13   Team rebound  
8:13   Kevon Looney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:13   Defensive rebound by Trevor Ariza  
8:05   P.J. Tucker missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:00   Offensive rebound by Clint Capela  
7:55   Eric Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
7:48 +3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 53-58
7:23   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:20   Team rebound  
7:13   Eric Gordon missed driving layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
7:12   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:05   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:02   Defensive rebound by Eric Gordon  
6:43   Trevor Ariza missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:41   Offensive rebound by P.J. Tucker  
6:41   Shooting foul on Nick Young  
6:41 +1