LeBron on up-and-down road back to NBA Finals: 'It's been Cedar Point'

Cavaliers Beat Celtics 87-79, Reach NBA Finals

Much has been made of LeBron James leading a less-than-stellar supporting cast to the NBA Finals, with some arguing that it's the greatest achievement in a career that includes three NBA championships and eight straight Finals appearances.

Needing not only all their firepower but also 27 straight misses by the Rockets during an epic cold streak from 3-point range, the Warriors rallied to keep alive their hopes for a repeat.

The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game 6.

Curry led the Warriors' third-quarter attack, scoring 14 of his team's 33 points in the frame and giving Golden State a 76-67 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

"We were in really good shape - really good shape", said an always-stoic Brad Stevens afterwards.

Stephen Curry urged others to not "disrespect" the Cleveland Cavaliers' supporting cast while LeBron James nearly singlehandedly led them to the NBA Finals.

There wasn't a Game 7 in last year's Western Conference Finals, but overall this year's series is up 48% from 2017 when it was on ESPN and 51% over the ECF on TNT.

James Harden led the Rockets with 32 points but made just 12 of 29 shots from the field. "The second half was unbelievable".

The Herald's Christopher Reive brings live updates of the Western Conference finals game 7 clash between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Coach Steve Kerr lamented that Golden State's first half on Monday night was "one of the most freakish first halves" his team has played since he's been with the Warriors and joked that he thought of resigning at halftime before getting serious.

After the game, The Associated Press reports: Stephen Curry said someone asked him if it's still special to get to the finals when it's the fourth time in a row. "And we absolutely figured the only way we're gonna beat 'em is with a barrage of 3-pointers, and it's probably going to be a 124-120 affair if we're going to get past them". Steph Curry, who finished with 27 points, went 7-of-15 from behind the arc himself - matching the entire Rockets team total.

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.

"A big blow for us", Kerr said. Boston was 7-for-39 from three-point range, with Rozier missing all 10 of his attempts.

This is what is most impressive about this Warriors burgeoning dynasty: There's been only one National Basketball Association team that's been perfectly constructed to conquer these Warriors in their with-Kevin-Durant iteration, and it is these Rockets. Game 1 goes down this Thursday night in Golden State.

The Warriors are a phenomenal team, but Monday night the game was there for the taking. Andre Iguodala has officially been ruled out for Golden State, and Chris Paul will likely sit with his strained hamstring for the Rockets barring a miracle recovering on Monday.

"I kept thinking that next one might go in", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said afterward.

As it turns out, the Twitter jokesters were right - the Rockets collapsed in the second half at home, losing to the Warriros 101-92 and ruining the night for the sold-out Houston crowd.

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