Opinion: Warriors look like champions once again after ousting Rockets


SportsPulse: The demise of the Warriors dynasty is on hold. USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter breaks down how even without Kevin Durant, they showed why they’re still the team to beat in the NBA playoffs.

HOUSTON — The Denver Nuggets or Portland Trail Blazers will get crack at them in the Western Conference finals.

Then the Eastern Conference champions — the Milwaukee Bucks, the Philadelphia 76ers or the Toronto Raptors — will get their chance, too.

But it’s probably futile.

If the Houston Rockets couldn’t stop the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at home, in front of a sellout crowd at the Toyota Center, with the Warriors perhaps more vulnerable than ever this season, it’s highly doubtful any team can.

“With them, you cannot make a mental mistake, not for a second,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said after the Warriors beat his team 118-113 in Game 6 and clinched the series. “… Obviously they present a big hump, and we just didn’t get over it.”

That hump now looks more like Mt. Everest after Friday night.

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