Oakland, Calif. • Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring lovers and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was once his space.
Once the two-time MVP were given his groove again, Houston was once helpless.
Curry scored 35 issues with 5 3-pointers, taking pictures over James Harden and using previous him as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half remark to overcome the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday evening for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Curry had 18 issues on 7-for-7 taking pictures in the 3rd quarter, mendacity together with his again flat at the court docket for his distinctive model of a snow angel or even following one basket with an expletive, shouting “This is my … house!” to the 1000’s who cheered and exhaled, exhilarated through his each transfer and rumble.
“There’s obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there’s a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building,” Curry stated. “It’s a cool moment. I was searching for it in the first half. I had plenty of opportunities, I just couldn’t knock it down. Third quarter it opened up. I’ve been doing it for a while. I won’t let two tough games shooting keep me frustrated.”
The 41-point victory was once the biggest in franchise historical past all over the postseason, topping a 39-point win — 85-46 — through the Philadelphia Warriors towards the St. Louis Bombers on April 6, 1948.
Kevin Durant added 25 issues, six rebounds and 6 assists, whilst Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to head with 10 issues and 6 assists. The Warriors gained an NBA-record 16th consecutive house postseason sport, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.
“We’re in the middle of a hell of a run, obviously,” trainer Steve Kerr stated.
The protecting champions were given defensive — and perhaps a bit of mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday evening at Houston, decided to make stops to ignite the transition sport and open up 3-point shooters.
Especially Curry, who snapped out of his hunch with 4 in the second one half of.
“I’ve seen those explosions happen everywhere, not just here,” Green stated. “His 3 is similar to some people’s dunk. You go to certain arenas and a guy gets a dunk, it’s just absurd. That’s how his 3 ball is. … Don’t mean to disappoint, but I’ve seen crazier from him.”
Harden had 20 issues and 9 assists, whilst Chris Paul added 13 issues and 10 rebounds as they blended to shoot simply 12 for 32.
Game four is Tuesday evening at Oracle Arena.
Curry and Durant each and every scored 5 fast issues as Golden State opened the 3rd quarter with a 10-Zero burst to head forward 64-43.
Of driving the emotion together with his shot — after such a lot of questions on his perceived struggles to this point this collection — Curry famous, “You’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes.”
Under force from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from long ago with Five:06 left in the 3rd. He struggled together with his long-range shot once more early however drove in the course of the paint at each probability.
Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer on the nine:02 mark of the primary however ignored his subsequent 5 3s earlier than going four for five in the second one half of. He is now 7 of 25 from lengthy fluctuate in the collection — he made one in each and every of the primary two video games.
“All it takes is one,” Kerr stated.
Both potent offenses had been sluggish getting rolling as the groups performed sturdy protection.
Harden and Paul started 3 for 14 with Paul lacking six pictures earlier than getting his first basket on goaltending towards Andre Iguodala 2:39 earlier than halftime.
“Offensively we didn’t have any thrust, and they exploited it,” Harden stated.
Golden State started getting the appearance it preferred after halftime. The Warriors confronted extra stingy, in-the-face force from Houston, making it laborious to get any early go with the flow taking pictures. Durant hit his first 3 6:27 earlier than halftime then ignored from the deep the following time down.
A second of silence was once held earlier than the nationwide anthem for sufferers of the Houston college taking pictures.
Rockets • Trevor Ariza and Green won a double-technical with 6:49 to play when Ariza shoved Green as they traded phrases. … The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break issues in the primary length whilst getting none of their very own. … They had been outrebounded 49-41, dedicated 19 turnovers and shot 32 for 81 from the ground.
Warriors • Kevon Looney had two key blocks off the bench in the primary. … Durant notched his 20th directly postseason sport with 20 or extra issues. … Golden State is 36-Five at house in the playoffs for the reason that 2015 postseason. … Thompson (1,786) moved previous Rick Barry (1,776) for moment position at the Warriors’ profession postseason scoring record.