Game 1 in 60 seconds: Fans agree Rockets must stop Kevin Durant

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The Golden State Warriors have maintained an air of confidence leading into the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets are the first team in the past four years to start with home-court advantage against the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, some Warriors players forgot they were starting the series in Houston and purchased plane tickets for relatives to Oakland for Games 1 and 2. The only thing Houston can cling to - beyond playing Game 1 at home - is the fact that they beat Golden State two out of three times this season.

Only one team has ever stolen home-court advantage away from the Warriors: the Oklahoma City Thunder, who went up 3-1 on the Warriors in 2016 before the Warriors mounted a comeback to win the series.

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"We're in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy", Durant said.

As they have all season, though, the Warriors took control in the third quarter. Houston made a late 8-0 run towards the end of the quarter when Durant was briefly subbed out, making what could've been a very ugly 12 minutes more respectable, losing the frame 31-24, with the Warriors holding an 87-80 advantage heading into the fourth. Kevin Durant would have the answer all night long as the Warriors stole Game One on the road 119-106.

For Golden State it's familiar territory but this will be a whole new experience for most of Houston's roster.

They are the Warriors. The Warriors finished the season first in offensive rating with 112.3 points per 100 possessions, while the Rockets were right behind at 112.2. Jaylen Brown tallied a game-high 23 points to lead Boston to the win, while Marcus Morris added 21. Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot. A Trevor Ariza three-pointer would tie the game at 41 with 7:36 remaining in half but Kevin Durant would respond with two baskets giving the Warriors a four-point first-half lead which would swell to seven points on back-to-back Steph Curry layups. Curry and Looney battled hard and had a few key stops, but Harden typically got the better of them. While you can't expect huge numbers, Looney as scored at least 13.75 fantasy points in his last six games. Green played a marvelous defensive game and was a game-best plus-19 after a shaky start.

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