The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets 104-90 on Wednesday night to seal a 4-1 series win and advance to the NBA Finals to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds while Harrison Barnes added 24 points as the Warriors overcame their rivals at the second time of asking to secure the series win.
In turn, the franchise is back in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975, but they undoubtedly face a huge task as they prepare to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers with the series starting at the Oracle Arena on June 4.
While Curry shined after recovering from his heavy fall in the last outing, Rockets guard James Harden endured a miserable performance as he finished with just 14 points and had a playoff-record 13 turnovers.
Dwight Howard led the visitors with 18 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Golden State from sealing the win and moving on to within four wins of winning a championship after such an impressive season.
Steve Kerr’s men have been the leading team throughout the season across the NBA, and it is only fitting that they successfully navigated their way to the season finale.
However, the job isn’t complete yet and it promises to be a memorable end to the year between two of the best teams in the league.