National Basketball Association (NBA)
Golden State Warriors (GSW) 126-85 Huston Rockets
Oracle Arena, Oackland-Califonia
Golden State Warriors lead seven game series 2-1
Stephen Curry exploded in the third quarter to help his Golden State Warriors side take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals against Huston Rockets.
Arguably the greatest shooter of all time, Curry shot just 1-7 from beyond the arc in the first half of the game, pushing his series total to 3-20 from deep but turned up the head in the third quarter, shooting 8/8 for 18 points.
The third quarter burst came, and the game was as good as over. After three quarters, the Dubs led 88-67.
The game also saw five other GSW players reach double figures in terms of points with Kevin Durant managing 25, Klay Thompson 13, Andre Iguadala and Draymond Green 13 apiece and substitute Quinn Cook 11.
Curry finished with 35 points on 5-12 shooting from deep.
On the other end, the Warriors were able to hold Houston’s duo of James Harden and Chris Paul to just 33 points combined on 12-of-32 from the field (4-of-14 from beyond the arc).
What they said after the game:
Stephen Curry, GSW captain.
“This is what i expected to do, just like i do in every game, don’t get to high on the highs and not so low on the lows.
“You appreciate every opportunity to play the game and am thankful for some shots i made.
“We still got a long way to go and we have to stay focused as a team.
“We played better defence today which i have to thank everybody more and more.
Steve Kerr, GSW Coach on Curry’s performance.
“Steph is underrated for the toughness factor but you don’t become a two time MVP just by shooting a bunch of threes.
“He is got unbelievable stamina and physical toughness and all toughness.
“For four days, everybody has been talking about him and what he did tonight, doesn’t surprise any of us because that is who he is, he got unbelievable character, great talent and always rises when he needs to.
The Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the series, with a 126-85 victory. Yeah, you read that correctly, a 41-point win.
The game played in the series so far:
Game 1. Huston 106 – 119 GSW
Game 2. Huston 127 – 105 GSW
Game 3. GSW 126 – 85 Huston.
Game four is on Wednesday morning.
In the other final, Boston Celtics will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland-Ohio.
The Celtics lead the series 2-1 after winning game one and two but lost the last match 116-86.