Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after being called for a foul in the second quarter on Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Rockets Blow Home-Court Advantage Against the Warriors

Kevin Durant scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 victory.

All the talk heading into Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was about whether the top-seeded Houston Rockets would be able to defend their home court and maintain the advantage that finishing with the best record in the conference had afforded them.

With the Golden State Warriors firing on all cylinders on Monday night, they couldn’t.

Kevin Durant scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 victory during a game that was close until a  13-4 run in the fourth quarter that made it 100-87 with about eight minutes left to go.

James Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets and Chris Paul chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to cool down the hot shooting of Durant, Klay Thompson (28 points) and Steph Curry (18 points).

“You’re not going to come in and just knock them out,” said Houston coach Mike D’Antoni. “There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn’t switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.”

Game 2 of the series is Wednesday in Houston. Game 3 won’t be until Sunday in Oakland.

Read the full story at the Houston Chronicle