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Rockets guard Austin Rivers has enjoyed some success checking both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson this season, and says his speed and size allows him to "bother them a lot of times". The No.4 and No.5 seed will face off in the first round, and the victor will be forced into a matchup with Golden State in the second round.
Golden State will look to keep winning when they head to Oklahoma City Saturday night to take on the Thunder.
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"I think we all do, but at the end of the day it's a win or it's a loss", he said. None of the Centers Warriors have had in the era have been the interior presence that Cousins in.
However, Curry sank two free throws with eight seconds left, and after Harden missed the second of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, Andre Iguodala tracked down the loose ball in the backcourt for Golden State to seal the victory.
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"I mean, I was getting wide-open looks from his passing ability".
"Klay [Thompson], Steph [Curry] and DeMarcus [Cousins] were going to be aggressive just because KD [Kevin Durant] was out", Harden said.
"This is the team we should have had all year and it just didn't materialize", coach Mike D'Antoni said. Every time someone smaller switched on to him (because his screen and roll action with Curry is that good) he punished the Rockets. 21 after having thumb surgery. Despite that they managed to claw their way back into the game at the end, but it was too little, too late.
"Everybody has been healthy so it helped our main core to be consistent in our performances and being able to communicate game after game and build off that", Capela said.
Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in the victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points. He has averaged 22 points over the last five games and has made five 3-pointers in each of the last three.
"We fought the entire game, it's just we came up against a good team", Harden said. He has a mid range game that the likes of David West and Mo Speights brought but he has much better size.
The other player to do so? "We're a lot smaller than previous year - we're a different team - but we match up well with them". The overnight line for Wednesday night's contest between Houston and Golden State has yet to be released but the Rockets figure to be a field-goal favorite on their home floor. It had the same eerie feeling it did when James Harden hit that impossibly hard 3-pointer on January 3 to beat the Warriors in overtime. "It was my fault in the first half", Westbrook said.