The Rockets seemed to be getting everything right in attack, PJ Tucker hit a three-pointer to stretch the Rockets lead to seven points, however, the 2017 NBA Champions hit back with Kevin Durant hitting a three-pointer to make it 14-18 before another timeout, taking his own tally to 7 points in the game.
Golden State beat Cleveland in five games last spring, then cruised through the regular season and beat a tough (if banged up) Rockets team in the Western Conference Finals.
Cousins, a noted foe of officials, couched his critique inside a metaphor. In the first eight NBA Finals appearances of his storied career, James' team has been favored just twice - a trend that will continue this week, with the Cleveland Cavaliers opening up as underdogs to the Golden State Warriors for the fourth straight year.
The Golden State Warriors suffered a scare when Steph Curry who took an awkward fall, thankfully the two-time MVP didn't seriously injure himself.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are creating 12.3 unguarded catch-and-shoot attempts in the playoffs, the second-most among playoff teams. With his co-star, Chris Paul, sidelined, Houston relied on Harden to create offense, but his shots weren't falling. In a seven-game series, that translates to the Warriors winning the 2018 National Basketball Association title 96 percent of the time, with a one-in-three chance at a four-game sweep.
While Love has been solid, Smith and Thompson haven't always come through this season for Cleveland. It's a trust that can't be measured.
"I'm still learning, still growing and figuring things out", Durant said. "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". They rise to the occasion.
Unlike the past three Finals, Lue won't have Kyrie Irving, traded to Boston last summer.
Here we go again. Houston was a team that was built for one goal - beating the Warriors. With James a free agent, Cleveland may see its last, if not its best, shot to win another championship for many years.