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Curry, Warriors rout Rockets to take 2-1 lead

21 May, 2018, 22:25 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry gets his groove back Houston is rendered helpless

From the opening tipoff, Houston looked like the clear second-best team on the floor, and not the one that won 65 games during the regular season. One note: Durant compounded the problem by catching Ariza on the arm as he went up for the ensuing shot for his first foul.

Curry spoke to reporters during practice before Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. The Rockets attacked Curry relentlessly.

Curry said in an on-court interview after the game. I've never really seen Steph use that language but that's what the playoffs bring out of you.

Game 3 had so many hallmarks of a peak Golden State performance: Durant picked his spots, quietly dropping 25 as Green and Andre Iguodala played their usual cagey all-around games. The Warriors scored 23 fast break points and 28 points off turnovers compared to just eight giveaways of their own.

While this appears to put Houston in rough shape in the seven-game series, D'Antoni's words make sense when you consider the alternative. Such is Curry's unique force: He can turn a close game into an identity crisis in three minutes flat. "But, you know, you just can't allow it to happen".

A general view during the Golden State Warriors game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on November 7, 2012 in Oakland, California.

"Give them (Rockets) the credit".

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Unfortunately, there were red flags for Red Nation throughout Sunday night's debacle.

In Game 1, according to the Synergy Sports, Golden State had 20 transition opportunities and Houston had 22, however, the Warriors were much more efficient, scoring 1.1 points per possessions compared to 0.73 for the Rockets, resulting in a 119-106 win for Golden State. While Curry bombed away, Harden and Chris Paul completely lost control of the game's pace. We had 19 turnovers. The 2018 MVP favorite was left almost speechless.

Curry hit a baseline three-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five threes before going 4 for 5 in the second half.

Even so, Harden is now staring at a referendum on his reputation. Were it not for a couple of shots not dropping, that version of Curry would have been unrecognizable from the one that fueled these Warriors all season. Houston's blueprint has largely come to fruition, powered by the most complete campaign of Harden's career and a veteran-dominated roster loaded with two-way players. The house always wins in the end.

Both potent offenses were slow getting rolling as the teams played strong defense.

The 41-point margin of defeat was the largest in the Rockets' postseason history.

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