Golden State Warriors (57-25, first in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Houston Rockets (53-29, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Houston; Monday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Golden State leads series 2-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Golden State Warriors visit the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference second round with a 2-1 lead in the series. The Rockets won the last meeting 126-121. James Harden scored 41 points to lead Houston to the victory and Kevin Durant totaled 46 points in defeat for Golden State.
The Rockets have gone 32-20 against Western Conference teams. Houston is 50-20 in games when they score more than 100 points.
The Warriors have gone 35-17 against Western Conference opponents. Golden State leads the Western Conference with 29.4 assists. Draymond Green leads the Warriors with 6.9.
TOP PERFORMERS: Harden leads the Rockets scoring 36.1 points per game and averaging 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists. Eric Gordon has averaged 18.2 points and totaled 2.3 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent over the last 10 games for Houston.
Stephen Curry leads the Warriors averaging 5.1 made 3-pointers while scoring 27.3 points per game and shooting 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. Durant has averaged 34.1 points and added 4.5 rebounds while shooting 54.2 percent over the last 10 games for Golden State.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Warriors: Averaging 120.8 points, 43.8 rebounds, 29.1 assists, 7.2 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting.
Rockets: Averaging 108.8 points, 42.9 rebounds, 17.9 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting.
Rockets Injuries: None listed.
Warriors Injuries: DeMarcus Cousins: out (torn right quad), Damian Jones: out (torn left pectoral).