Paul was the flawless complement to Harden to help bear more of the offensive load.
The recently turned 33-year-old was the fourth overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft.
The Jazz struggled from the 3-point line in the first two periods as Houston turned up the defensive intensity.
It took a superhuman effort, but LeBron James has willed the patchwork Cavaliers into the NBA's Final Four.
This was an wonderful way to start a career.
The Paul-Harden-D'Antoni pairing couldn't have gone smoother. For the first time since 2014, the team is without homecourt advantage.
The former Phoenix Suns general manager had three days to prepare for his next assignment as a college basketball analyst.
In 10 playoff games, he's averaging 13.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 9.0 assists, all of which are significantly higher than his regular-season production (11.0, 7.6, 7.3).
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After a quick second round of the NBA Playoffs, we're down to the four teams that were favored to be here.
He definitely has time to turn it all around, though, and the Rockets will need him if they want to beat the Warriors.
After the Warriors and Rockets dispatched the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, respectively, the time for that showdown has finally arrived. As close as he's been to making the conference finals in the past, he's always fallen just short.
Rockets star James Harden had a dismal 5-18 career playoff record against the Warriors.
Houston lost to the Warriors 4-1 when they last reached the conference finals in 2015.
For the first time since the opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014, the Warriors will be starting a playoff series in another city.
Paul was simply unworldly. However, we got them.
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While the Rockets took a minute Tuesday night to appreciate what they've done so far, they were quick to point out that they're far from finished chasing their goals this season. He won 65 percent of his games with the Suns, and his teams were an orbital bone fracture, hip check or putback away from making the NBA Finals - pick one or multiple.
"We won two championships in three years", Green said.
The first half was largely dominated by the Rockets, although as they have all series Utah's defensive resiliency helped them go on runs to sustain their chance of avoiding elimination.
Now that he has the monkey off of his back, so to speak, Paul still has a lot left to prove. Instead it was the wily veteran, who gave us glimpses of the Paul we fell in love with early in his career in New Orleans.
For months, as a tiresome, injury-riddled regular season trudged along with zero to truly motivate the defending champs, as it became clearer with every late-season sprain and loss that they were destined for the second seed, not first, the team's key figures began salivating and targeting, not fearing, what's to come on Monday night: Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in Houston, not Oakland.
So now it gets real.
"To win a championship you have to do something that's going to make you uncomfortable".
Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.
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