Curry leads Warriors' onslaught over Rockets for 2-1 lead

Five observations from the Warriors’ 126-85 Game 3 blowout of the Rockets

Five observations from the Warriors’ 126-85 Game 3 blowout of the Rockets

This week's annual N.B.A. predraft camp in Chicago led to an unexpected spell of détente in the contentious Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. According to ESPN, this was the largest win in Warriors postseason history, the largest loss in Rockets postseason history and the largest loss in National Basketball Association postseason history by a team that won 65 plus games during the regular season.

Curry, who had been held to a total of 34 points in the first two games of the series, exploded for 35 points in 34 minutes, propelling the Warriors into a 2-1 lead over the top-seeded Rockets in the best-of-seven series. The Rockets were outworked in every way, most notably on the defensive end where they'd made such impressive hay in Game 2 in Houston.

"Obviously, send your thoughts and prayers.it's a tragic situation that hurts your heart when you think about kids going to school being safe.", Curry said. "They have to come in here and win tomorrow night". "Actually I might not need any because hopefully that first one that I shoot in Game 3 goes in, so I don't really need any".

When the Warriors get back in front of their home crowd, they could go back to looking like an unbeatable juggernaut that seems destined to win a third championship in four years.

The two-time MVP scored 35 points while playing 34 minutes, with 18 of those points being the result of a ideal 3rd quarter.

Golden State began getting the looks it liked after halftime.

It was also a classic showing from the Warriors, whose third-quarter margin in the playoffs is up to 77-points through 13 games.

The West finals now hinge on whether the Rockets, blasted by D'Antoni for their "soft" play, have the requisite composure to prevent Curry's game-changing run from becoming a series-tilting sequence.

Harden's 20 points came on 7-for-16 shooting for the Rockets, who shot just 39.5 percent overall in the game and 32.4 percent (11-for-34) on 3-pointers.

Speaking to ESPN, Curry said: "I blacked out. That's how it is in the playoffs", Paul said.

If Curry and Durant both play well, that might be too much for Houston to survive. "We weren't as aggressive as we needed to be. We've got to defend the ball better". As a result, the Rockets committed 19 turnovers, their most during the 2018 postseason.

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