What did we learn from the Warriors escaping the Rockets?

LeBron on up-and-down road back to NBA Finals: 'It's been Cedar Point'

However, the defending champs outscored the Rockets 33-15 in what was a pivotal third frame.

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - and stared down the Cavaliers star and bumped him with his chest - and then followed it with a three-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.

Asked what he had been thinking about at the end of the first half, Kerr replied: "I was thinking of resigning, that was my first thought".

On Monday morning, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala was having a hard time being sidelined deep into the playoffs. "It usually happens at some point during the game". "When we're on our game, we can get up and down and our defense too, when we're in passing lanes, creating turnovers, we're the best team in the world running the break". For whatever reason, he seems to infuse us with energy. "We just couldn't extend the lead".

James led that comeback to Cleveland's first title, and now he's got a shot for another unlikely one.

"We've been through a lot with this team", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "Obviously stressful, but fun".

James led the Cavaliers in the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds but they trailed for much of the half in front of a crowd of 18,600 at the Boston Garden.

The Warriors are a phenomenal team, but Monday night the game was there for the taking. I mean, it's been Cedar Point. Golden State won that series four games to one. But I'm glad that we're going back (to the Finals) and I'm excited that we've got this opportunity. Clint Capela made a hook shot for Houston but Durant hit a long three seconds later to make it 86-75.

The Warriors, meanwhile, were just fine without Curry for the first round and start of the second round as he recovered from a knee injury.

Houston missed 27 straight 3s at one point during the game.

Green and Durant were barking at each other several times during the game when things weren't going well for the Warriors.

The Cavaliers have been waiting since Sunday to find out which team they would play for the championship: Houston or Golden State. "They're National Basketball Association players, and yeah they're new and whatnot, and Bron's awesome, he played an unbelievable playoff run to date and just willed his team to his eighth straight Finals".

Draymond Green told ESPN: "You live by the 3, you die by the 3".

The Warriors dispatched the Rockets on Monday (Tuesday morning, Manila time) with a fine second half display in Game 7 to advance.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, meanwhile, attempted to put a fearless face on a loss which came after his team had battled into a 3-2 lead earlier in the series.

"This is a special moment", Curry said.

It will be the eighth-finals in a row for James - and a fourth for the Cavs.

As in, LeBron James may be king, but Steph Curry clearly rules.

The Cavs are headed to the Finals as underdogs once again but don't be surprised if they pull off another upset in a season that has definitely dumbfounded everyone including the players themselves. That's what you want.

On the other, the best player of this era and maybe any era. "Every day that you're totally focused on this and he's gone past that eight straight times". Somebody who is going to match up with me and just bring the best out of me.

"I didn't recognise the group that we were seeing".