Warriors blow out Rockets in Game 3, set NBA record with 16 playoff home wins in a row
Warriors 126, Rockets 85 (final)
Steph Curry scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night before a raucous Oracle Arena in Oakland, and set an NBA record in the process.Golden State leads the best-of-seven series two games to one.
Stephen Curry is back and the Warriors are at full strength. Take cover.
Curry struggled to find his shooting stroke in Houston, and after the first half on Sunday was just 3-for-20 from three-point range in the series. Then he went off, hitting all seven field goal attempts in the third quarter, a mix of outside as well as drives to the basket, like this:
Curry made 11 of 13 shots from the field in the second half, including four out of five from distance.Golden State used runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the third quarter to pad a halftime lead from 11 points to 21 by the end of the quarter.
The Warriors got 25 from Kevin Durant and 17 rebounds from Draymond Green in the win, their 16th consecutive home win in the postseason. That’s an NBA record, one better than Michael Jordan’s Bulls in 1990 and 1991.
Houston struggled to keep up, shooting just 40% and committing 19 turnovers, their most in a game since February 26. James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points and nine assists in defeat.
Warriors 86, Rockets 64 (0:57.3, 3Q)
Golden State found the gear that seemingly only they have, and it corresponded in the third quarter with Steph Curry catching absolute fire. Just 3-for-11 in the first hald, Curry poured in 18 points in the third quarter alone, and didn’t miss a shot. I mean, look at this range.
Warriors 54, Rockets 43 (halftime)
Neither team could seem to hit anything from three-point range, with Golden State 4-for-19 (21.1%) and Houston 4-for-15 (26.7%) in the first half. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 15 in the first half, even if TNT didn’t capture it all:
Warriors 31, Rockets 22 (end 1Q)
Steph Curry despite that early three is just 1-for-6 form distance, but so far no worries from the Warriors, who used an 11-0 run to close out the quarter and build their largest lead of the game. Houston shot just 39% in the opening quarter and turned the ball over six times.
Warriors 20, Rockets 19 (4:57, 1Q)
Houston had early success by attacking Steph Curry, but Golden State struck back with a patented 9-0 run in under 90 seconds, including this three by Curry:
The Golden State Warriors captured one of the first two games of the Western Conference Finals on the road, and now return home to host the Houston Rockets in Game 3 on Sunday night in Oakland (8 p.m. TNT).
The Warriors have been near unbeatable at home in the postseason, 6-0 this year with an average margin of victory of 13 points. Golden State is 15-0 in the playoffs in the last two seasons combined, tied with the 1990-91 Chicago Bulls for the most consecutive home postseason wins in NBA history.
Houston was 31-10 on the road during the regular season, the sixth-most road wins in NBA history, including a win in their only trip to Golden State this season, a 122-121 victory on opening night in October.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 38 points in Game 2 on Thursday after a 37-point performance in Game 1. He is averaging 29.6 points per game this year in the playoffs. In four games against the Rockets this season, including this series, Durant is 12-for-24 on three-pointers.
But despite Durant’s brilliance in Game 2, the Rockets won going away, a 22-point win to even the series.
“I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Golden State forward Dryamond Green told the Associated Press on Saturday. “Game 1 we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2 we maybe didn’t feel as threatened and the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I think you’re allowed one of those a series. We’ve had our one, now it’s time to lock in for the remainder of the series.”
Golden State, who was 16-1 in the playoffs last year en route to their second NBA championship in three seasons, has lost three times during this postseason, once in each round. They responded to defeats in the first two rounds with wins in the next game, by a total of 34 points.