Warriors advance to NBA Finals with Game 7 victory over Rockets

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In Houston Monday night, the Warriors got their act together and came back from a double-digit deficit to beat the Rockets 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

However, it looked like the Rockets would actually go on to win the series as a strong first half saw them take a 54-43 lead going into the break. I learned that from since I first started picking up a basketball to play organized basketball at age 9.

"We just didn't have that extra juice that we needed", Harden said.

James Harden and Eric Gordon did all they could in both Game 6 and 7 to get the Rockets in position to win but without Chris Paul, they missed a closer to bring them home.

The Golden State Warriors have been installed as overwhelming favorites over James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth straight Finals meeting between the two teams. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four at the same time in a mosaic view.

Game 1 will be hosted by the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

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Since taking charge of the Celtics in 2013, head coach Brad Stevens has been eliminated by LeBron and the Cavs three times and he paid tribute to the 15-year veteran after the game.

"So, everybody knows, obviously what we want to happen and we'll take the Finals first and take it from there".

With another momentous contest in the books, here are three main takeaways from Game 7.

Golden State was led by its two MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who scored 27 and 32 points respectively for the reigning NBA Champions, while this year's leading MVP candidate James Harden scored 32 for the Rockets.

Houston - who showed unexpected guts and determination in this series; proving themselves to be worthy adversaries to this Warriors' squad - could barely tread water to keep afloat in the game once Golden State capped its third-quarter run. We've got to execute it.

Just not the one team they were supposed to built for.

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Even with James accounting for so much of the offense, and the media constantly bashing on the Cavaliers role players, James went out of his way after Game 7 to defend them.

"I was cussing him out", Green said.

But, as was the case in Game 6 when the Rockets led by 17, they ran out of gas. "I just know he's built for stardom".

And that's what makes the Warriors returning to the Finals an even better story.

"We haven't been in this position before", Curry said after Houston had seized a 3-2 lead.

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