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Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

Paul scores 41 as Rockets eliminate Jazz 112-102

Golden State opened as -185 favorites to win the best-of-seven series against Houston, according to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

The matchup is now official.

Houston will meet the victor of the series between Golden State and New Orleans, which the Warriors lead 3-1.

After scoring just two points on 1-of-5 shooting in the first half on Tuesday, with his team up against elimination, Mitchell led a comeback charge in the third quarter with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. In fact, regular-season matchups aside, the teams have met in the postseason - including this year's Western Conference Finals - three times since 2014.

Yet this much remains the same: Green won't be showing much respect for the Rockets' anti-Warriors strategy anytime soon. Participants seemed to jump at that offering with enthusiasm. The price grew to Warriors -190 in just two hours after it posted.

"I think the Jazz want me back, so hopefully it all works out", said Exum who missed 68 games in the regular season with a shoulder injury.

This is a stunning indictment. Mitchell averaged 20.5 PPG 3.7 RPG and APG during the regular season.

"Last year we had even less ability to overcome what they did offensively", Griffin, now an analyst for SiriusXM, said of the difference between the last two NBA Finals, which the Cavaliers and Warriors split.

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"Obviously you want to build your team to beat the defending champs because that's usually how you've got to go to get a championship, the way you've got to go". Now Wilkins stands alone with having not made an National Basketball Association final four. If the Rockets were to win Game 1, would you be at least slightly swayed to the notion that this wouldn't be some sort of cakewalk for the Warriors? Let that sink in for a moment.

Jordan and the Bulls went on to lose the Eastern Conference Finals later that year against the Detroit Pistons by 4-2 in the series, so Paul and the Rockets will be hoping they don't follow the same fate against the Warriors this year in the West. The right-hander recorded nine consecutive outs via strikeout between the second and fifth innings, ending with a pickoff of Gregor Blanco at first for the final out in the fifth. No, this was CP3 at his finest; snaking the pick-and-roll, dominating from midrange, and in true form for this season, firing away from 3-point range. The last time he made the conference finals the Warriors took his team out in five games.

"I felt like that it was too different styles of play but I think they've done a great job of complimenting one another".

65 wins is a stunning total. Therefore, they have the luxury of having home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. If nothing abnormal happens in the series, the stats indicate a likely 7 games with the Rockets ultimately advancing.

We can only live within the realm of what actually occurred.

"But you know, we're not about to run around like, 'Yeah, we going to play them in the Conference Finals.' For what? Got a lot of respect on this side for them". The Rockets are listed with a money line of +170 to prevail.

Since his return in the semifinals, Game 2, hitting his first three taken off a Draymond Green assist, Curry has averaged 24.5 points, 3.5 assists and 5.25 rebounds in 31.25 minutes of play in the four games. Their past playoff history speaks for itself and if they want to reverse that narrative they need to beat the Warriors this year.