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The Golden State Warriors have been the top team in the NBA since the 2014-15 season. In that span, they’ve finished at the top of the NBA standings for three consecutive seasons, including a season in which they finished with an all-time-best 73-9 record. They have reached three NBA Finals and won two championship titles. The Warriors’ starting lineup, which includes Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, is widely considered to be one of the best ever assembled.
If any team in the West is going to dethrone the Warriors, it might just be the Houston Rockets. In the 2017 offseason, the Rockets made a blockbuster trade for Chris Paul, who had previously starred for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul joins Rockets’ shooting guard James Harden, who is widely recognized as one of the top players in the NBA.
The Warriors and Rockets play similar styles: they’re both deadly from behind the three-point line. Stephen Curry holds the NBA record for the most three-pointers made in a season, and the Rockets attempted over 40 three-point shots per game in 2016-17, which set an NBA record. With the addition of Chris Paul, the Rockets’ three point game may be even more dangerous.
The teams have met in two recent playoff series. The Warriors won four games to one in both series.
Historic Warriors vs. Rockets Games
2015 Eastern Conference Finals, Game 4: The Rockets were down three games to none in the series, but a stellar performance at home from James Harden helped them avoid the sweep. Harden had 45 points in the game, which the Rockets won 128-115. The two teams combined for 37 successful three point shots, which set an NBA record for a playoff game. The series went back to Golden State for the next game, which the Warriors won 104-90. They advanced to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Cavaliers to win the NBA Championship.
2016 First Round, Game 5:The Warriors had a 3-1 series lead going into the game despite having played most of the series without Stephen Curry. Curry was not available for Game 5, but the Warriors got 27 points (7 three pointers) from Klay Thompson. The Warriors won the game 114-81 and eliminated the Rockets with the win. They would advance to the NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When do the Warriors play the Rockets?
The Warriors and Rockets both play in separate divisions in the Western Conference. The Warriors play in the Pacific Division and the Rockets play in the Southwest. NBA teams in the same conference but separate divisions will play each other either three or four times a year. There is also always a chance that the two teams could meet in the first three rounds of the playoffs, as they often have.
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