Warriors beat Houston, will face Cavs in NBA finals

The Golden State Warriors will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after their 101-92 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Monday night.

Golden State (58-24) has reached the finals for the fourth straight season.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Stephen Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston’s shooting went cold. The Rockets missed all 14 3-point attempts in the third quarter.

James Harden had 32 points for the top-seeded Rockets (65-17), whose bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was nursing a hamstring injury. Houston fell to 6-5 all-time in Game 7s and 4-2 at home.

The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night. It will be the fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the teams.

The Warriors won the NBA championship in 2015 and 2017, with the Cavaliers winning in 2016.