NBA Playoffs: Rockets Pull Even With Warriors in Conference Finals – New York Times

If a road win in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was a case of the Golden State Warriors being “greedy,” in the parlance of Coach Steve Kerr, Game 2 on Wednesday must have been an experiment in generosity.

The game was largely defined by Golden State’s turnovers, mental mistakes and missed shots. The Warriors were thoroughly outplayed by a motivated Houston Rockets team for the game’s first 24 minutes and went into halftime with a 14-point deficit. Despite briefly fighting back in the third quarter, the Warriors backslid in the fourth quarter and lost, 127-105 — their worst defeat of the playoffs.

By the game’s final four minutes, the famed Hamptons 5 were on the bench as the Rockets finished things off against Golden State’s also-rans and evened the Western Conference final series at one game apiece.

The Rockets, who played with a far more diverse offensive attack than they had in Game 1, took over by speeding things up and spreading them out, with James Harden and Eric Gordon leading the way with 27 points each and three other Rockets players scoring in double-figures.

At his postgame news conference, Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni said too much would most likely be made of a change in Houston’s attack. He saw it more as improvement of execution rather than an alteration of gameplan.

“I don’t want to be cantankerous,” he said. “You have one of the best offenses of all time, at least, with Golden State and we’re trying to prove we’re up there with them. You’re not going to come in and change the way you play.”

He added: “We are who we are. We just did it better and longer.”

Kerr had spent Wednesday’s shootaround talking about how his team had been greedy in last year’s playoffs, when they were able to win games

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