Thu, May 17, 3:46pm by Staff Writer
The Houston Rockets have tied their Western Conference finals series with the Golden State Warriors at one-all after a dominating 127-105 win in game two.
The Rockets nailed 10 three-pointers in the first half and won every quarter as the Warriors shooters failed to fire.
This series remains delicately poised, with the Warriors still favourites at $1.36, while the Rockets head into two games in Oakland at $3.20 to win the series.
Houston received an even spread of scoring in game two, led by James Harden and sixth-man of the year candidate Eric Gordon who both scored 27 points.
Harden was an unimpressive 3-15 from three, with Gordon electric from distance, shooting 6-9.
Chris Paul played well in this game, particularly in the second half. He did look to be struggling with a lower leg injury, but the three rest days before game three should do the veteran the world of good.
For the Warriors it was the Kevin Durant show. The superstar once again dominated scoring 38 points, including 18 points in the third quarter.
He had very little scoring help, with only Steph Curry managing to score in double figures, with the bulk of his points coming in the fourth quarter.
Klay Thompson was only 3-11 for the game and the Warriors a poor 30 per cent from three-point range.
Game three in Oakland will feature a raucous Warriors crowd as they look to once again take the lead in this series.
The Warriors to win the series by a 4-2 scoreline is the shortest price in the correct score market at $2.63.
A Rockets win by 4-3 is the most likely way Houston will make the NBA finals according to the odds, priced at $5.30.
The series to end in 6 games is the most popular in the series total games market at $2.20, followed closely by 7 games at $2.87.
Golden State remains the team to beat in the outright market at $1.57 at Sportsbet, with the Rockets in from $5 to $3.60 after their game two victory.
Boston holds a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference finals, up 2-nil against Cleveland.
The Celtics are $9 to win the NBA title, while the LeBron James-led Cavs are $15 outsiders.
Game three of the series takes place in Oakland on Monday, with the Warriors installed as big favourites.
Golden State are $1.34 at Sportsbet, with the Rockets $3.39, despite winning the only game between the two teams in Oakland this season.
NBA Western Conference
Golden State $1.36 Houston $3.20
Series Total Games
5 games $3.10
6 games $2.20
7 games $2.87
Series Correct Score
Golden State 4-1 $3.62
Golden State 4-2 $2.63
Golden State 4-3 $6.10
Houston 4-1 $18.75
Houston 4-2 $11.90
Houston 4-3 $5.30
Houston $3.39 v Golden State $1.34
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