How the Rockets forced the Warriors out of their offensive comfort zone this conference finals

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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick breaks down the Rockets’ big Game 2 victory that sends the Western Conference finals to Oracle Arena tied at one game apiece.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Ask anyone with the Houston Rockets, and they’ll chuckle at all this criticism about their isolation-heavy offense in the Western Conference finals.

As coach Mike D’Antoni said adamantly after his team’s Game 1 loss to Golden State, and as James Harden & Co. proved yet again when the Rockets bounced back to win Game 2, this is the iso art they perfected all season long en route to winning an NBA-best 65 games. And they did it, by the way, at a historic level.

But the Warriors can’t make the same claim, as their chosen method is the free-flowing, ball-sharing offense in which they try to pass the ball at least 300 times per game. Yet as this series continues with Game 3 at Oracle Arena on Sunday,…

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