The Golden State Warriors made a big statement and greatly swung the odds in their favor with a 119-106 road victory to open their long-anticipated Western Conference Finals showdown with the Houston Rockets.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors in Game 1 with 37 points (14-of 27 FG; 6-of-6 FT) and an array of highly difficult shots. Being nearly a 7’0″ footer with guard skills makes him borderline impossible to guard.

Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson also dropped 28 points and hit six threes.

The Rockets were viewed as arguably the best team the Warriors have seen over this incredible four-year run, and the numbers backed that up. But the Rockets may not have been able to afford this home loss, and have now lost the home-court advantage they viewed as so crucial to obtain.

Even if Houston wins Game 2 to even up the series, the best-of-five would give Golden State three home games (if necessary) at Oracle Arena and that’s going to provide an incredibly difficult challenge for the Rockets.

Charles Barkley says “Warriors in 3”, and TNT’s Ernie Johnson  informed Klay Thompson of that prediction.

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