Curry, Warriors rout Rockets to take 2-1 lead

Steph Curry

Golden State Warriors flamethrower Stephen Curry entered Game 3 against the Houston Rockets shooting 2-for-13 from 3-point range, and then started Sunday's outing with a 1-for-7 effort from deep in the first half, so most everyone excused his fire-breathing outburst in a cathartic third quarter. I mean, obviously, it felt good, and you want to use that energy to show your teammates that you're here, you're with them, get the crowd into it. They are damn near impossible to beat in their own building, but the Rockets will have to do it at least once if they want to win the series.

Houston shot just under 40 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance. But now they are down 2-1 with Tuesday's Game 4 at Oracle Arena, where Curry and the Warriors are undefeated in the playoffs since 2016. It looked like the San Antonio Spurs might take Game 1 of last year's conference finals until Kawhi Leonard got hurt and the Warriors squeaked out a two-point win. On top of that, Houston's defense was absolutely horrendous, as they gave up 126 points to Golden State.

I'm not basing this hashtag Hot Take exclusively on the Warriors' dominant 41-point Game 3 win over the Rockets - it's my verdict after taking the series' first three games into account. Curry finally had the scoring outburst we'd been waiting for, dropping 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-7 shooting.

"It's just one thing led to another", D'Antoni said, per ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

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GETTYSteph Curry overcame a poor start to post 35 points- his best post-season game yet this year

"Every time he comes to a game since he's been with the Warriors, we have won that game and sold it out, too, so we'd like to keep that going".

"Offensively, we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it", said Harden.

"He doesn't need us to create looks for him", said Green.

We know what happened with Curry. "We got it handed to us", Kerr said. "I think we've got to come out more aggressive". "I gotta do better". Suddenly, they weren't totally committed to running Curry off the 3-point line - they left him some space. That summed up a 19-turnover performance for the Rockets, who had been pretty good at protecting the ball prior to Sunday night. How often does Curry go more than a few games with a faulty jumper?

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