Curry cooks the Rockets
He danced on James Harden, drained a three-pointer and shimmied.
Then he told the Warriors crowd that “this my f****** house.”
It’s safe to say that after dropping 35 points, Steph Curry is back.
Golden State’s comprehensive 126-85 thumping of the Houston Rockets set several playoff records; it was the Warriors’ biggest ever win (41 points) in the postseason, it was the Rockets’ biggest loss in a playoff game and it was the biggest loss in the postseason by a team that won at least 65 games in the regular season.
The best team in the NBA at third quarter scoring were in their element in Game 3 as they thoroughly outclassed the Rockets in multiple facets of the game.
They opened the third with a 10-0 run and didn’t look back, Curry alone scoring 18 in the quarter as the reigning champions took the game by the scruff of the neck.
A 38-18 fourth quarter added to the Rockets’ woes, as they were unable to find answers to the Golden State offensive onslaught.
The Warriors domination was complete when big man JaVale McGee drained a fadeaway late in the quarter, a man whose baskets usually come from tip ins or alley-oops.
Kevin Durant added 25 points while Draymond Green scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
The 41-point thrashing highlights just how deadly the Warriors are at their very best, and why they are heavy favourites to win the NBA title.
Houston will be left reeling following the Game 3 blowout and wondering what they can do to stop the many All-Stars the Warriors possess.
Harden finished with 20 points but had little impact, as the MVP favourite and backcourt teammate Chris Paul combined to shoot just 12-of-32 from the field. Harden was the only Rockets player to score 15 plus, a stark difference from Game 2.
Game 4 is on Wednesday at 11am.
If Curry and the Warriors play as they did today then it won’t be long until they reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.