OAKLAND—On Sunday, May 20, the Golden State Warriors dealt a decisive blow to the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. Going into Sunday’s game, the series was tied 1-1. While the Warriors took Game 1 with force, the Rockets responded in kind for Game 2.
In Game 3, the Warriors ran away with the victory, closing out the game with a 41-point margin of victory (126-85). While the first half was contentious and the Warriors went into the second half with a moderate lead of nine points (54-43), the second half held no prisoners.
Though Curry has struggled in the series with rocky shooting continuing into the first quarter of Sunday’s game, he rattled off 18 points in the third quarter. He hit back-to-back three pointers before scoring all four of his taken free throws.
The Warriors started the third quarter with a 10-0 run that created momentum to which the Rockets could not respond.
During the press conference after the game, Draymond Green said of his teammate: “Steph definitely got it going…I think it was very important for him to get to the basket. Once he started getting to the basket, then all of the sudden the threes opened up and they started to fall.”
While Curry brought the fire, Kevin Durant made it rain with 25 points. The Rockets did their best to mitigate the damage, but all efforts came up short. While speaking with the media, Rockets Head Coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters: “We played soft, actually. You can’t do that with these guys, these guys are good.”
The two teams will face off again at Oracle Arena on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.