Golden State hosts Houston with 1-0 series lead
By The Associated Press
Houston Rockets (53-29, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Golden State Warriors (57-25, first in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Oakland, California; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Golden State leads series 1-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Golden State Warriors host the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference second round with a 1-0 lead in the series. The Warriors won the last meeting 104-100. Kevin Durant scored 35 points to help lead Golden State to the victory and James Harden recorded 35 points in defeat for Houston.
The Warriors are 30-11 on their home court. Golden State ranks third in the Western Conference shooting 38.5 percent from downtown, led by Stephen Curry shooting 43.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Rockets are 22-19 in road games. Houston is fourth in the Western Conference giving up only 109.1 points and holding opponents to 46.6 percent shooting.
TOP PERFORMERS: Curry leads the Warriors averaging 5.1 made 3-pointers and scoring 27.3 points per game while shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. Durant has averaged 28.2 points and added 4.1 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent over the last 10 games for Golden State.
Harden has averaged 36.1 points and 6.6 rebounds for the Rockets. Chris Paul has averaged 17.4 points and collected 4.8 rebounds while shooting 46.8 percent over the last 10 games for Houston.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Rockets: Averaging 105.8 points, 41.2 rebounds, 17.7 assists, 10.0 steals and 6.3 blocks per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting.
Warriors: Averaging 121.6 points, 44.9 rebounds, 30.1 assists, 7.0 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.6 points on 44.3 percent shooting.
Warriors Injuries: DeMarcus Cousins: out (torn right quad), Damian Jones: out (torn left pectoral).
Rockets Injuries: Austin Rivers: out (illness).
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