In the first two games of the series, the Houston Rockets fought till the end, but they were routed by the top-seeded Golden State Warriors 115-80 in game 3 on Saturday. Golden State won the first two games combined by only 5 points. The Warriors now lead the seven-match Western Conference Finals 3-0 and stand at the brink of clinching the Conference title. The last time the Warriors featured on an NBA championship clash was way back in 1975.
Most Valuable Player of NBA 2014-15 outplayed the Rockets scoring 40 points at Houston. The Warriors sailed to a double-digit lead in the first quarter, finishing the period at 30-18. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson notched up 17 points each for the winners. Warriors extended their lead to a commanding 62-37 at half-time and 92-61 entering the 4th quarter. No team has won in NBA history bouncing back from 3-0 deficit.
Vintage Curry made 7 three-pointers and notched up 64 three-pointers in playoff this season, which is an NBA record.
“We understand it’s a special moment, it’s just we’re wrapped up in our day to day grind of preparing for games and going out and exerting all the effort we need to make this story happen,” Curry said after his stellar show. “So it’s kind of hard to remove yourself from those emotions.”
MVP runner-up James Harden scored 17 points for the Rockets. He shot 10 of 11 of free throws on target, but could only convert 3 of 16 shots as the Rockets failed to produce any resistance. Dwight Howard playing with an injured knee scored 14 points and 14 rebounds.
“I was surprised that we didn’t come out with more,” Houston coach Kevin McHale stated. “I thought we would come out with a little more juice.”
Game 4 is on Monday at Houston.