OAKLAND, California – Before becoming a collective call for the Bay Area community, the slogan "Strength in Numbers" on the yellow T-shirts given to fans at playoff games in the Oracle Arena was originally published by Coach Steve coined Kerr to emphasize the importance of the star-studded Golden State Warriors
For Houston Rockets coach Mike D & # 39; Antoni, the term has a very different meaning. The Rockets version of Strength in Numbers launches as many 3-pointers as possible and hits hard enough to win more often than not at all.
But it's hard to beat the Warriors in a shooting competition, especially when Chris Paul wears warm-up exercises and maintains a tense right Achilles tendon on the bench.
The Rockets, hoping to defeat the defending champions, roared in the first quarter to 1
Golden State comes out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to gain a lead over Houston in the 3rd quarter of Game 6.  Game 7, which became necessary due to the Warrior's 115-86 win in Game 6 on Saturday, takes place Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Eric Gordon, replacing Paul in the Rockets' starting line-up, hit more 3s of himself in the first half (4 of 4) than the cutest shooting range in NBA history when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson banded together 3 of 13 to go behind the bow.
The Third Quarter, What the Warriors so often dominate, was a completely different story.
Golden State took the lead with a 11-0 run to open half, with a few 3 from Thompson and another from Curry. Houston's James Harden threw some counterattacks, but the Warriors were in command at the end of the quarter.
Thompson and Curry combined for 21 of the 33 points the Warriors in the third quarter – and made all the damage go from low to 7-out-9 by 3-point range in the frame. The Rockets, whose rotation is realistically down to 6½ players, came from the break and looked forgetful and scored 16 points in the quarterfinals.
Curry and Thompson continued to flock in the fourth quarter until D & # 39; Antoni waved the white flag a little less than five minutes ahead, pulling his starters and starting preparations for Game 7.
Thompson finished with 35 points on 13 of 23 shootings, including 9-of-14 on 3s. It recalled its playoff career-high 41-point performance when faced with the Warriors elimination in Game 6 of the 2016 West Final against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a series Golden State won in seven games.
Curry added 29 points on 12 of 23 shooting, including 5 of 14 on 3s. He had many better shooting nights, but he made sure that his fights in the first half (1: 7 from a distance) were not a story he'd heard about all summer.
The Rockets, who got 32 points and nine assists from Harden, looked like a team that ran out of gas. After hitting 11 of 22 3s in the first half, Houston made only 4 of 17 in the second half. The Rockets, one of the elite offensive teams in NBA history, scored just 25 points in the first half after 24 minutes ,
Houston has two days to recover and hopes that Paul will experience a medical miracle.