Warriors work 2nd half magic, advance to 4th straight NBA Finals

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Curry scored 14 of his 27 points in the third period as the Warriors secured their fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals. Houston shot 24 percent (6 of 25) in the third and while missing all 14 of its 3-point attempts. "Obviously he's a big part of why we are here, but we had opportunities, especially in the first half of both games". Perhaps as a result, Kerr plans to play his top four starters - Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson - for at least 40 minutes each.

The Warriors came from behind in the second half to beat the Rockets by 9 Monday night, winning 101-92.

The Rockets missed 27 consecutive 3-point attempts - an National Basketball Association playoff record - before PJ Tucker drilled a corner trey with 6:28 left that cut the deficit to 10 points. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they'll have to get off to a better start in Game 7.

"Monday", he said. "Please don't miss a game".

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Harden, who needed 29 shots to get 32 points, was 2 for 13 beyond the arc.

The Rockets were shorthanded in Game 6 because of the absence of Chris Paul, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, and Houston may be without Paul's services again tonight.

When they built their lead in the first half, they relied on driving and exploiting an advantage in the paint.

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs.

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Golden State took its first lead of the contest in the third and never relinquished it.

The Rockets played themselves out of the playoffs and they did it by lazily launching 3-pointers instead of attacking the paint.

"A big blow for us", Kerr said. He's done everything he can to get Houston to this point. Eric Gordon (23 points) was 2 for 12.

The veteran swingman Iguodala, plagued by a lower leg contusion he suffered in a collision with Harden in Game 3, missed the final four games of the series. The Warriors did that in both Games 6 and 7. The Warriors posted a plus-68 scoring margin in the third quarters for the series.

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Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.

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