Green added two blocks and two steals to anchor the Golden State defense.
"This is why anybody would want him on their team", Kerr said.
With the Golden State Warriors firing on all cylinders on Monday night, they couldn't. Golden State needed to survive the early emotional salvo from the Rockets, with Houston dashing to a 12-4 lead behind eight points from Harden. Golden State outscored Houston by six points during Harden's time on the bench.More news: Gas prices have risen in Wyoming
Game 2 could go the Rockets' way.
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. "They're getting dunks, they're getting threes and I'm not sure how many transition points they had but it was too many". It means Clint Capela will have to be the best defensive player-or close to it-on the floor, and not Draymond Green, who posted a Game 1-high plus-19.
"For us, we're gonna look at the film and a lot of it we already know; we've just got to do it better, because obviously they make you pay when you make mistakes". They made 46 percent of their shots while committing 13 turnovers, both of which were aligned with their season averages.More news: CBS sues majority shareholder intent on forcing Viacom deal
Harden and Durant were incendiary from the start, combining for 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting in the first quarter.
Paul also called on Houston to improve ahead of the next game, ensuring the Warriors find life tougher on Wednesday.More news: Danish director's film leads to walkouts, outrage at Cannes