Warriors Destroy Rockets, Go Up 2-1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

  • Warriors Destroy Rockets, Go Up 2-1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

Warriors Destroy Rockets, Go Up 2-1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

The Houston Rockets are doing their best to make the 2018 Western Conference Finals a competitive series.

Bouncing back from a game two drubbing in Houston, the Golden State Warriors handed it to the Rockets Sunday night in Oracle Arena 126-85.

The two-time MVP had been struggling in the postseason after suffering a sprained MCL in March, so Curry's hot shooting was a welcome sight for Golden State fans - and a nightmare to see for Houston supporters.

That summed up a 19-turnover performance for the Rockets, who had been pretty good at protecting the ball prior to Sunday 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". Then, theoretically braced for Golden State's trademark third-quarter pushes, Houston immediately conceded a 10-0 run out of halftime.

Curry went for a 18 points still fresh off his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee that kept him out for 10 regular-season games and six postseason appearances. During that time, the Warriors have led the National Basketball Association in third-quarter offense (30.2 points per game) at the expense of their opponents (24.2).

The Rockets led 60-45 with 1:30 remaining in the first half when Curry manned up against Paul.

Clint Capela added 13 points, while Chris Paul logged a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Rockets.

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GETTYSteph Curry got it going after half-time

For all the talk about how competitive this series could be, the first three games have been essentially blowouts.

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the first half against the Houston Rockets of Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 16, in Houston, Texas.

"For four days everybody's been talking about him and what he did tonight didn't surprise any of us - that's who he is".

It might just take one to fall for the two-time MVP to start feeling it again. "The biggest thing is just staying locked in when you're on the bench". The 41 point margin of victory sets a new all-time Warriors franchise playoff record, and it also set a record for the largest playoff loss in Rockets franchise history. I was never concerned. I mean obviously it felt good and you want to use that energy to show your team-mates that you're here, you're with them, get the crowd into it.

Curry still thinks though that Durant will remain the difference maker and insists Golden State won't press the panic button yet. We didn't switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. "If we can defend at that level and protect the ball, we're generally going to be in good shape".

And when the Warriors' bench stood in unison to celebrate Green's textbook defense, Gordon fired beyond the arc from the sideline, made the hard shot and sent his teammates celebrating instead.

With the series being contested every other night the rest of the way, the two teams will return to the Oracle floor Tuesday night at 6PM.