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The stars went through funks and the Warriors had to play catch up time and again - including from double-digit deficits in the final two games to beat James Harden and the 65-win Rockets on their home court after settling for the second seed in the West.

For a Game 7 road victory that featured a double-digit second half comeback, the game was fairly anticlimactic. It's not every year your team gets one game away from the NBA Finals.

For the first time since 1979, both the Western and Eastern Conference Finals went to game seven in the same year.

But just as they have done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors found an extra gear in the third period, with Curry and Durant suddenly finding their range from three-point distance to come roaring back into the contest.

Golden State, after trailing by 11 points at the intermission, outscored the Rockets 33-15 in the third period.

"We obviously know what LeBron's capable of", Curry said shortly after the Warriors' Game 7 win at Houston ended.

"All those hurdles and obstacles, we got over them, so it's an unbelievable feeling". It's hard to be negative about anything that includes No. 23, but there's a good chance that No. 23 will see his mistakes while watching film and improve on that ahead of the Finals. "Even when they're struggling, I just have confidence and a belief that when we need those guys, and we call on those guys, they'll be ready and they'll produce".

But none of their weaknesses have stopped the Cavaliers from pulling out two Game 7s in this postseason, or from stomping on a 59-win Toronto team in four straight games.

The Cavs have twice been pushed to seven games, overcome injuries and gotten much-needed contributions to ease the burden on James from role players Green, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. If we had Chris, if he was out there, we'd have been playing on Thursday.

"I hate when people say that", Curry told USA Today before the Warriors clinched their spot in the Finals.

The Rockets were understandably emotional after losing just one game shy of the NBA Finals, with Trevor Ariza, Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker in tears. We saw where the bar was this year, but we just couldn't quite get there. That Cavs' team had Kyrie Irving as their No.2 scorer, and they were facing a Warriors' team that had yet to sign Kevin Durant.

The statistical website FiveThirtyEight.com figured the odds that Houston would miss the 27 3-pointers it took between makes, factoring in who took the shot, from where the shot was taken and the nearness of a defender.

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