Kevin Durant was the difference maker for the Warriors on Monday night.
The 29-year-old superstar tallied 37 points to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win over the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Durant scored from all over the floor. He knocked down three 3-pointers, connected on contested fadeaway jumpers and attacked the basket on drives as well as post-ups.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Durant's play following the victory.
"Kevin is the ultimate luxury," Kerr said to reporters . "A play can break down and you just throw him the ball. He can get you a bucket as well as anybody on earth."
Kerr said the Warriors wanted to acquire Durant after they lost to the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals because of his ability to take over a game offensively.
"You think about a couple of years ago, in the finals, we couldn't quite get over the hump," Kerr said. "Kevin is a guy that puts you over the hump. I don't know what you do to guard him. He can get any shot he wants."
The Warriors and Rockets will play Game 2 of their Western Conference finals series Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on SN1 .