Mike D'Antoni says win over the Warriors shows Rockets "can beat anybody, anywhere"

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The Houston Rockets evened the Western Conference Finals at 1-1 after an emphatic victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

After losing the opening game of the series, the Rockets knew they had to win and duly put on an offensive clinic to blow the defending champions away.

They secured a huge 127-105 victory at the Toyota Center and will now head to Oakland all square.

It was a real team effort from Houston as they had five players in double figures. James Harden and Eric Gordon led the way with 27 points each.

P.J. Tucker also had a big night as he contributed a playoff career-high 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 5-of-6 from three-point range.

The Rockets were criticised for their style of play in Game 1 as they elected to play a lot of iso ball with Harden throughout the game which was predictable and easy to defend for the Warriors.

There was very little ball movement and this hurt them as many of their role players couldn't get involved.

It was clear that they changed things up last night and the balanced scoring on the team reflects that as the ball was moving constantly and players were always making moves off the ball too.

They beat Golden State at their own game and they laid down a marker for the rest of the series.

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Two

Head coach Mike D'Antoni was adamant that they wouldn't alter their style and abandon the brand of basketball that made them successful during the regular season.

He explained that the Warriors simply took them out of their rhythm in the opening game but they were able to get back to who they are in Game 2.

"You're not going to come in and change the way you play," D'Antoni told reporters, per Bleacher Report. "That's the way we played all year.

"Sometimes we get bogged down, but usually because we can't get out in transition, can't get that force and then the ball—seems like all we do is keep it. But again, we are who we are, and we had to be who we are.

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Two

"We just did it better, longer, guys believe it and we're not going to change anything up. That would be silly on my part to panic. You don't do that.

"We're very comfortable about who we are. We can beat anybody, anywhere at any time playing the way we play. Some people might not like it. Sorry. You know, it might not look good to some people, but it's effective, it's efficient."

That certainly proved to be the case in their second outing and they'll now hope to have the same success on the road but it'll be tough as the champs have won 15 straight games at Oracle Arena.

But after proving they can go toe to toe with the men from the Bay Area, Houston will go into Game 3 full of confidence.

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