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Donatas Motiejūnas and the Houston Rockets were eliminated from the NBA playoffs by a Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors in a crushing defeat last night.
Harrison Barnes and Donatas Motiejūnas
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The Rockets unexpectedly scraped into the play-offs with a late three-game surge but their blow-out loss to the NBA champions last night, 114-81, was more reminiscent of the mediocre form they had displayed in the regular season.

Motiejūnas said the Rockets just stopped playing in the second half. “"Same thing happened in game three, when we stepped out after the halftime we stopped playing, we stopped moving the ball.”

Even without reigning MVP Stephen Curry, the Warriors had far too much firepower for the Rockets. It now means that the Rockets have advanced past the first round of the play-offs just once in 19 seasons – last year.

Motiejūnas had four rebounds, seven points and a block to show for his 14 mins on court. James Harden scored 14 early points on 6-of-7 shooting but the rest of the Rockets were 0 for 16 before Patrick Beverley's shot with 11:26 left in the second quarter.

Dwight Howard had 21 rebounds, but made just 3 of 13 shots and seems headed out of Houston in the closed season as a free agent.

The NBA champion Warriors head into the next round hoping that Curry can regain fitness but pleased that without him his Golden State teammates put together a string of convincing victories.