The Warriors hung tough in the first half, absorbing wave after wave of the home team's offensive momentum and were down by 11 points at halftime.
After confirming about 90 minutes before tipoff that Paul would be unavailable, Houston had to settle, in the end, for giving Golden State an almighty scare - thanks largely to those narrow victories in Games 4 and 5 that obscured the fact they were outscored by 63 points during the course of the series.
The Warriors are battle-tested, and the Western Conference Finals were a ideal example of how Golden State's stars eventually come up big.
The defending champions trailed by as many as 15 in the first half after falling behind 17 in Game Six.
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Love did not score and finished with four rebounds - forced out after a blow to the head that caused a possible concussion. LeBron James age 33 season in the midst of what could be his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals exceeds Jordan.
"We're not going to be coy with it", D'Antoni said. Houston missed all 14 3s that it launched in the third quarter, part of a stretch of 27 straight missed 3s, the longest such drought during a playoff game in National Basketball Association history.
"He's just been getting treatment and trying to make sure it calms down and everything", D'Antoni said.
The Warriors came from behind in the second half to beat the Rockets by 9 Monday night, winning 101-92.
During one stretch of the game, the Rockets missed 25 straight threes while the Warriors made 11 of 21 to help turn a deficit that was once as large as 15 into a lead that eventually grew as big as 13.
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It might be too simple to link James' fatigue with his turnovers. "It (Game 5) could have been one of those nights for LeBron ". As impressive as he was during the regular season, the 6-foot-8 wing has stepped up his game even more in the Playoffs.
"It's going to be fun", Stephen Curry said.
"Man, it hurts bad", said veteran Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who had perhaps the most brutal night of all, going scoreless on 0-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-9 from deep.
Their early lead provided even more false security for a team that already had to work without Paul in Games 6 and 7; that right hamstring strain suffered in the final minute of the Rockets' Game 5 win ending his season prematurely.
The Cavaliers limp into a rematch with Golden State still unsure when Kevin Love will play. We had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris.
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