OAKLAND, Calif. – Before becoming a battle cry for the Bay Area community, the slogan "Strength in Numbers" on the yellow jerseys given to playoff fans at Oracle Arena was originally created by coach Steve Kerr to emphasize the importance of the depth of Golden State Warriors.
For the Houston Rockets coach, Mike D & # 39; Antoni, the phrase has a completely different meaning. The strength version of the Rockets in numbers is throwing as many 3s as possible and hitting enough to win many more times.
But it's hard to beat the Warriors in a shooting contest, particularly when Chris Paul is using heaters and has strained his right hamstring on the bench.
The Rockets, hoping to knock out the defending champions, reached a 17-point lead in the first quarter and led by 10 at halftime, draining 11 of their 22 3-pointers in the first 24 minutes. Then, the Splash Brothers began to sizzle.
Golden State comes out hot from the locker room with an 11-0 run to take an advantage over Houston in the 3rd quarter of Game 6.  Game 7, which was needed for the Warriors' 115-86 victory in Game 6 on Saturday will be Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Eric Gordon, who replaced Paul in the Rockets' starting lineup, hit more 3s by himself in the first half (4 of 4) than the sweetest playing area in NBA history, since Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to go 3 of 13 from behind the goal.
The third quarter, which the Warriors often dominate, was a completely different story.
Golden State took the lead with an 11-0 lead to open half, with a pair of 3 by Thompson and another by Curry. James Harden of Houston threw some counterattacks, but the Warriors were in charge at the end of the quarter.
Thompson and Curry combined for 21 of the Warriors' 33 points in the third quarter, and did all the damage from deep, going 7-for-9 from the 3-point range in the frame. The Rockets, whose rotation is realistic up to 6½ players, came out of the break wearing gbaded and scored a grand total of 16 points in the fourth.
Curry and Thompson continued to dump it in the fourth quarter until D & # 39; Antoni waved the white flag with a little less than five minutes remaining, pulling their starters and beginning the preparation for Game 7.
Thompson finished with 35 points in 13 of 23 shots, including 9 of 14 in 3. He conjured up memories of his 41-playoff playoff performance when the Warriors faced elimination in the second quarter. Game 6 of the West 2016 final against the Oklahoma City Thunder of 19459029, a Golden State series won in seven games.
Curry added 29 points in 12 of 23 shots, including 5 of 14 in 3s. He has had many better shooting nights, but he made sure that his fight in the first half (1 of 7 from long distance) was not a story he heard all summer.
The Rockets, who scored 32 points and nine badists from Harden, looked like a team that ran out of fuel. After connecting 11 of 22 3s in the first half, Houston made only 4 of 17 in the second half. The Rockets, one of the elite offensive teams in NBA history, scored just 25 points in 24 minutes after the break.
Houston has two days to recover and hope that Paul can have a medical miracle.
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