News ID: 215459
Published: 0251 GMT May 21, 2018

Curry silences critics, Warriors rout Rockets

Curry silences critics, Warriors rout Rockets
State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) shoots the basketball against Rockets guard Gerald Green (L) and guard Eric Gordon during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on May 20, 2018.

Stephen Curry silenced his critics with a 35-point display as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the Houston Rockets 126-85 to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Curry, targeted relentlessly by Houston as the Rockets levelled the series in game two, overcame a sluggish first-half display to lead a Warriors blowout in game three, AFP reported.

The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player exploded for 18 points alone in a devastating spurt of scoring in the third quarter that took the game away from Houston.

The reigning champion Warriors now have the opportunity to take a commanding 3-1 lead with a further victory in front of their home fans in game four tonight as they chase a fourth straight NBA finals appearance.

Curry was relieved to have rediscovered his scoring touch, even if he had been unfazed by the criticism of his game two performance.

"That's what I expected to do," Curry said afterward. "My approach to every game is the same – you don't get too high on the highs, or too low on the lows.

"I'm just thankful I managed to hit some shots tonight, eventually. But there's a long way to go. I'm just going to stay focused on that."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr meanwhile said he had never doubted Curry even after a shaky first half display.

"We've seen this so many times with Steph," Kerr said. "All it takes is one. I was never concerned. This guy's a two-time MVP and he bounces back from bad games as well as anybody I've ever seen. It didn't surprise me."

The win was a record 16th straight playoff victory at home for the Warriors at Oracle Arena. Perhaps more significantly, the 41-point margin of defeat was Houston's heaviest in a playoff game.

As well as Curry, every other Warriors starter made double figures, with Kevin Durant finishing with 25 points and Klay Thompson 13.

Rockets star James Harden meanwhile was kept relatively quiet, with 20 points, while Chris Paul finished with 13.



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