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Still best in the West: Warriors beat Rockets in Game 7, set up Part 4 with Cavs

Still best in the West: Warriors beat Rockets in Game 7, set up Part 4 with Cavs

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HOUSTON -- A grotesque first half gave way to a gorgeous third quarter, and the transformation delivered the Warriors to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals.

Down by as much as 15, the Warriors roared back for a 101-92 victory over the Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday night at Toyota Center

Kevin Durant scored 34 points, Stephen Curry 27, Klay Thompson 19 and Draymond Green 10 as the Warriors overcame an atrocious first quarter against a Houston team without its leader, Chris Paul.

The Rockets, who die or thrive with the 3-point shot, were 1-of-21 (4.8 percent) from deep in the second half and 7-of-44 (15.9 percent) overall.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
All four All-Stars came through in one form or another, but Durant recovered from a mediocre first half to play perhaps his best all-around game of the series.

Durant’s line: 34 points (11-of-21 shooting, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, 7-of-10 from the line), five rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He played 44 minutes and finished plus-10.

TURNING POINT:
After the Rockets took a 56-43 lead on a layup by James Harden 56 seconds into the second half, the Warriors responded with a 29-7 run, going up 72-63 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 2:11 left in the third quarter.

The Warriors outscored Houston 33-15 in the quarter, taking a 76-69 lead into the fourth. Their second half was in stark contrast to their first, when they committed 10 turnovers and were outrebounded 26-17.

Houston got no closer than six in the fourth.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: C/F Kevon Looney (L toe soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg bone bruise) was listed as out.

Rockets: G Chris Paul (R hamstring strain) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers begin Thursday, with Game 1 set for 6 p.m. at Oracle Arena.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Rockets 95, Warriors 92
Game 5 Rockets 98, Warriors 94
Game 6 Warriors 115, Rockets 86
Game 7 Warriors 101, Rockets 92

Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

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Andre Iguodala uses a CJ McCollum tweet to prove a point to Brandon Jennings

It's mid-August and we are all bored right now.

We want the NBA regular season to arrive.

But since we can't speed the calendar up, we have to settle for some fun Twitter banter.

This time, it involved Andre Iguodala, Brandon Jennings and CJ McCollum.

It all started on Tuesday night when Jennings tweeted his Top 5 shooting guards ever, and Iguodala responded:

This led to a back-and-forth, and the following explanation:

Then on Wednesday morning, McCollum was back in the headlines (you can read about that here) -- which led to him tweeting:

Iguodala saw this tweet and assumed the four Hall of Famers McCollum was referencing were Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Iguodala assumed correctly.

Fun stuff!

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

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Daryl Morey 'really curious' to see the Warriors with DeMarcus Cousins: 'Gonna be interesting'

If you are alive and love basketball, you have an opinion about DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Warriors.

On Wednesday morning, Rockets GM Daryl Morey shared his thoughts:

"I was really curious. Bob (Myers) is really good at his job. He likes to take smart gambles like I do, so I understood the move," Morey said on The Dan Patrick Show. "But it's gonna be interesting. Coach Kerr is one of the best, too. It's a little scary. They'll probably figure out how to make it work, but it's a little bit hard on paper to figure out how to make it work.

"But we do that well and so do they. They're gonna be a tough out again, obviously. They're arguably the best team in NBA history. They're on their path to maybe be able to make that argument."

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It is fair to assume there will be some bumps along the way when it comes to assimilating Cousins.

If everybody is healthy and available, who closes games? If Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are automatically on the floor during crunch time, that means either Andre Iguodala or Cousins will close the game on the bench.

It will be a balancing act for Kerr and the coaching staff...

The Warriors host the Rockets on Jan. 3 and Feb. 23 and play in Houston on Nov. 15 and March 13.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller