Warriors rally past Rockets in Game 7 to earn fourth consecutive NBA Finals trip


HOUSTON — Maybe Chris Paul would have been the difference.Maybe these Houston Rockets, who so fearlessly decided last summer to take on the basketball bully that is the Golden State Warriors, would be NBA Finals-bound now if their Hall of Fame-bound point guard could have played in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night.But as Paul sat there watching the Warriors’ 101-92 win unfold at the Toyota Center, his hamstring holding him back and his voice only carrying so far from the sideline, he was likely thinking the same thing as the rest of the viewing public: How could these Rockets go this cold? The Warriors defense woke up in the second half, but Houston failed miserably at its greatest skill when it mattered most: seven-of-44 from three-point range in all, and say hello to your summertime.The Warriors, who trailed by as many as 15 points in their sluggish first half, are headed back to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive time to face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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