NBA Playoffs: 2-1! Warriors Over Rockets West Finals

by Samuel Abasi Posted on May 21st, 2018

Oakland, California, USA: Steph Curry scored 35 points with five 3-pointers-made, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Sunday night, as the Golden State Warriors  beat the Rockets 126-85 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals.

The Warriors’ five starters all scored in double figures, the first time they’ve done so this postseason. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.

Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green had 10 points, 17 rebounds to go with six assists.

The defending champions got defensive — and maybe a little mad — after a 127-105 Game 2 defeat Wednesday night at Houston, determined to make stops to ignite the transition game and open up 3-point shooters.

Stephen Curry got going with 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the third quarter. Curry and Durant each scored five quick points as Golden State opened the third quarter with a 10-0 burst to go ahead 64-43.

Golden State is 36-5 at home in the playoffs since the 2015 postseason. Klay Thompson (1,786) moved past Rick Barry (1,776) for second place on the Warriors’ career postseason scoring list. Steph Curry (712) moved past Rick Barry (699) into sole possession for most postseason baskets in franchise history.

The Rockets surrendered 10 fast-break points in the first period while getting none of their own. Houston was outrebounded 49-41 and shot 32 for 80 from the floor.

For the Rockets, James Harden had 20 points and nine assists, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds as they combined to shoot just 12 for 32.

Under pressure from Paul, Curry swished a 3 from way back with 5:06 left in the third. He struggled with his long-range shot again early but drove through the paint at every chance.

Curry hit a baseline 3-pointer at the 9:02 mark of the first but missed his next five 3s before going 4 for 5 in the second half. He is now 7 of 25 from downtown.He made one in each of the first two games.

Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin received  a standing ovation during a first-quarter timeout. On Monday, Mitch Richmond will introduce Tim Hardaway as he goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame of which Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin are already members.

A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting in Houston Metro.

GAME WARRIORS/ROCKETS TIME (ET) HOME
Game 1  Mon. May 14 (WARRIORS WIN) 9 p.m. Houston (Target Center)
Game 2 Weds. May 16 (ROCKETS WIN) 9 p.m. Houston (Target Center)
Game 3 Sun. May 20 (WARRIORS WIN) 8 p.m. Golden State (Oracle Arena)
Game 4 Tue. May 22 9 p.m. Golden State  (Oracle Arena)
* Game 5 Thu. May 24 9 p.m. Houston (Target Center)
* Game 6 Sat. May 26 9 p.m. Golden State  (Oracle Arena)
* Game 7 Mon. May 28 9 p.m. Houston (Target Center)

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