Warriors Extend the Series Lead

Warriors Extend the Series Lead

David Facaros

Part two of the Warriors vs Rockets took place in Oracle last night. The Warriors took Game 2 of their second-round series with the Houston Rockets, 115–109. Golden State didn’t play especially well, and the Rockets were able to hang around and give the impression of putting up a fight. Some small part of this had to do with James Harden getting his eyeballs poked in the first quarter and spending the middle quarters seeming tentative and uncomfortable as a result. But the larger part of it was Golden State’s various shot-makers just having a response for everything. Also, Steve Kerr decided to unleash the infamous death lineup that features Curry, Klay, Durant, Iguodala and Draymond.

Senior Adam Hascher said, “Nobody in the league can stop those five when they are on the court at the same time.”

The definitive Death Lineup run Tuesday came in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets pulled to within six points with about eight minutes left in the game. Kerr chose that moment to replace Shaun Livingston with Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney with Draymond Green.Golden State’s Hampton Five lineup put up another absurd 141.4 offensive rating in 13 second-half minutes, which was as much juice as they needed to scamper away from the Rockets.

It’s starting to feel like the book on this season might already be written. Houston seemed by far to be the Western Conference team best suited to disrupting Golden State’s march to a third consecutive championship, but as close as the first two games of this series have been on the scoreboard, the Warriors haven’t yet seemed especially troubled.