The Houston Rockets convincingly tied their Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors at 1-1 on Wednesday night, and their star man, James Harden, believes there is one key reason why they were able to do so.
The Rockets were able to achieve a 127-105 victory against the Warriors in Game 2 in large part thanks to the work of Harden on the court, who had 27 points, 10 reboards, and three assists in 34 minutes.
A lot of other players on Houston's roster stepped up in the game on Wednesday night as well, as PJ Tucker had 22 points, Trevor Ariza had 19, Chris Paul had 16, and Eric Gordon had 27 off the bench. It was a good night all around and Harden believes there is one key reason why it was able to happen.
The MVP finalist believes that the way the Rockets won this game was by playing their own game through intensity and being focused on what they were supposed to do, rather than focusing on the Warriors as a team.
Harden said, according to ESPN: "We focus on what we're supposed to do. We don't really worry about who we're playing against. Like, if we come out and be some dogs and do what we did tonight, it doesn't matter. But if we don't, then we see the results in Game 1. It's not about chess match or what they're doing. It's about us.
He continued: "If the first game we were at a 70, tonight we were at a 95. We were pretty aggressive defensively, and that allowed us to get out in transition. If we be comfortable, sit back and just allow them to get to their spots and run around freely, then they're going to pick us apart. But if we get into them and try to make it tougher on them, good things will happen for us."
It really was a great performance by the Rockets, and they'll be hoping they can repeat it throughout the rest of the series to book themselves a spot in the NBA Finals. Houston didn't even trail after the first quarter in the game, and they lead by double digits for most of the night.
They shined on defense as well as, despite the fact they struggled to contain Kevin Durant who finished with 37 points, they did limit Steph Curry to just 16 points, while also not allowing the rest of the Warriors' roster to get into double digits.
Game 3 between the Rockets and the Warriors takes place on Sunday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
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