2018 West Finals: Chef Curry cooks the Rockets

2. Golden State Warriors 126 – 1. Houston Rockets 85 (Warriors lead 2-1)

Steph Curry opened the third quarter with a one-handed, and-one layup as Chris Paul held onto him. In the next play, Curry then followed-up an Andre Iguodala miss for a wide-open fast break layup. Curry the shook James Harden in the left corner and found driving space for a bucket inside. A few possessions later, Curry then cut to the hoop as Durant found him on the backdoor play. He hit a nice little reverse layup.

With his outside shot not falling, making only two of 13 in the first two games and one of six in the first two quarters of Game 3, Curry decided to keep attacking the basket. He teamed up with Kevin Durant to score the 10 straight points to open the third quarter and help the Warriors take a 21-point lead.

The bad news for the Houston Rockets is that Curry eventually found his stroke from beyond the arc in the second half. After his string of drives and cuts to the hoop, Curry finally added to his Game 3 trey total.

Curry got the ball on the right wing, around thirty feet away from the hoop and let fly a long bomb that splashed in. A few moments after, Curry had the ball near the top of the key and forced Harden to switch onto him. He then proceeded to skewer and grill Harden with a bunch of crossovers and step backs before launching a three-pointer right in Harden’s face.

When the smoke cleared, Curry burned the Rockets for 18 points on 7/7 shooting in the third quarter. He added two more three-pointers in the fourth quarter just for good measure. He finished with his best game of the series scoring 35 points and dishing our six dimes.

The rest of the Warriors were nearly as awesome as Curry. Durant had 25 points, six rebounds and six assists. Draymond Green had 10 points, 17 rebounds and six assists.

After Curry put on a show, the Warriors bench added more highlights to the demolition job. JaVale McGee channelled Hakeem Olajuwon with a post fadeaway and Shaun Livingston embarrassed Harden further with this move. The Warriors absolutely dominated the Rockets by 41 points.

Curry shot 5/12 from beyond the arc. Far from his usual efficiency. He’s now 7/25 from three-point land in three games. But this second half of Game 3 showed that Curry can still flip the switch and put opponents in a torture rack. It also showed that when Curry’s switch is on, the Warriors are nearly unstoppable.

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