By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Draymond Green said following Game 5 that the Golden State Warriors would be back in Houston, Texas for Game 7. The Warriors forward was right, and Golden State blew out the Houston Rockets to make his prediction right.
The Warriors won 115-86 over the Rockets on Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
This is the first time in NBA history that there are two Game 7’s in the Conference Finals since 1979. In the Western Conference Finals, the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 3.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Washington Bullets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4 games to 3. The SuperSonics defeated the Bullets 4-1 in the NBA Finals.
The first Game 7 will be on Sunday night between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics at TD Bank Garden in Boston, Mass. The second Game 7 will come on Monday night in Houston, Texas between the Warriors and the Rockets.
According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, since the 1984 season, the defending champion has won 8-out-of-8 times, including the 2016 Warriors in Game 7 of the Conference Finals. This list includes the 1987 Boston Celtics, 1988 Los Angeles Lakers, 1990 Detroit Pistons, 1998 Chicago Bulls, 2002 Lakers, 2005 Pistons, 2013 Miami Heat, and the aforementioned 2016 Warriors.
Of the teams, who have won Game 7 in the Conference Finals, 5-out-of-8 have gone on to win the NBA Championship. The Miami Heat were the last to do that in 2013 against the San Antonio Spurs.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 35 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Thompson had 21 second half points, as he had 14 in the first half.
Thompson was one of four Golden State players, who scored in double-figures. Stephen Curry had 28, while Kevin Durant had 23 and Draymond Green contributed 10.
The Warriors had 20 bench points. Shaun Livingston led the bench with six points.
James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points.
He was one of four Houston players, who scored in double-digits. Eric Gordon had 19, while Trevor Ariza scored 14 and Gerald Green added 11.
The Rockets had 13 bench points. Green led the bench with 11.