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NBA Wrap: Warriors down Rockets headed to conference finals

A solid team effort and a great second half performance by their floor general Stephen Curry helped the Golden State Warriors defeat the Houston Rockets 118-113 in Game 6 and claim the semi-final series.

Despite a terrible first half for Curry, who failed to mark the scoresheet while nursing a left finger he had dislocated in Game 5, and the absence of two-time finals MVP Kevin Durant due to a calf strain, the Warriors pulled off a five-point win.

Curry came to life in the second half and finished the game with 33 points, four rebounds and five assists, Klay Thompson put up 27 points, Andre Iguodala had 17, while Shaun Livingston and Kevon Looney also had double-digit nights with 14 and 11 points respectively.

The Rockets were led by James Harden with a game-leading 35 points. He also had eight rebounds and five assists, Chris Paul had a 27-point, 11-rebound double-double, PJ Tucker had 15 points and four rebounds, while Congolese/Angolan-Swiss center Clint Capela ended the night with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

With the win, the Warriors advance to the Western Conference finals and will have some time to rest as they await the outcome of Game 7 between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Denver Nuggets which is scheduled for Sunday evening.

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