OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry was cooking a lot within the third quarter of Game Three that after a profitable driving floater in visitors, he confronted the group, took his mouthpiece out and shouted, “This is my f—ing house!”
“I blacked out,” he mentioned.
Curry’s feelings erupted in line with his offensive output as he scored 18 of his game-high 35 factors in a pivotal third quarter wherein the Golden State Warriors broke the sport open, leading to a 126-85 thumping of the Houston Rockets to take a 2-1 collection lead within the Western Conference finals.
His mom, Sonya Curry, was happy together with her son’s efficiency, however not together with his tongue.
“She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back,” Curry informed ESPN. “She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It’s a message I’ve heard before.”
It was Curry’s breakout sport on this collection, however he’s a religious Christian and says he understands why he acquired such a scolding.
“She’s right,” Curry informed ESPN. “I gotta do better. I can’t talk like that.”
He cooled off his tongue thereafter, however he channeled his feelings elsewhere.
In the identical quarter, Curry acquired the ball from Kevin Durant effectively past the Three-point line and launched a 30-footer over the outstretched arms of Chris Paul that tickled nothing however the web.
About a minute later, Curry used a display screen to get James Harden to modify onto him and he crossed him over and nailed a step-back contested triple. And whereas backpedaling to get set on protection, the two-time MVP stopped and carried out a shimmy dance to the followers’ delight.
“You know, I’ve seen those explosions happen here and everywhere,” mentioned Green, who offered 10 factors, a game-high 17 boards and 6 assists. “It’s not just here. Nonetheless, definitely get a lot of support from the fans. His 3 is similar to some people’s dunk. You go to certain arenas and a guy gets a dunk and it’s just absurd. That’s how his 3-ball is. But definitely a lot of support. The fans were great tonight. I think he had a great quarter there in that third quarter. I don’t mean to disappoint, but I’ve seen crazier from him, but it was good to see.”
Curry thrived regardless of a Rockets sport plan that continued to focus on him on the defensive finish, a method that had appeared to work in tiring him out in Games 1 and a couple of.
In Game 2, the Rockets focused Curry on 23 possessions, essentially the most he has been focused in a sport this postseason. He was the first defender on 20 performs in Game 1.
With Curry getting picked on defensively for the collection’ first two video games, it was Harden’s flip Sunday.
The Warriors have been 7-of-11 from the sphere with Harden as the first defender, and it included a mixed 6-of-7 by Curry and Durant, who equipped 25 factors. Golden State shot Eight-of-14 (6-of-10 contested) towards Harden. Of the eight discipline targets that the Warriors made towards Harden, 5 have been layups or dunks.
“Just being aggressive in those situations,” Curry mentioned about attacking Harden. “Because I find myself in those type of isolation situations a lot with how they guard, so you can make plays and be ready for those type of one-on-one situations.”
Going into the competition, Curry was fighting the lengthy ball, with 2-of-13 taking pictures from past the arc. He began off the sport 1-of-6 from Three, however ended the night 13-of-23 from the sphere and 5-of-12 on Three-pointers.
He mentioned the feelings he performed with had nothing to do with how a lot his play has been criticized lately.
“A lot of it was just [me] talking to myself, almost like you’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes,” he mentioned. “No matter what questions I was being asked over the first two games or what the expectations was, I had the highest expectations for myself. And you’ve just got to — find whatever you want to get going. I mean, obviously, it felt good, and you want to use that energy to show your teammates that you’re here, you’re with them, get the crowd into it. But it’s one game, and you’ve got to have that same type of energy and intentions and focus the next game and the right approach. So, I did my job tonight. I’ve got to do it again.”
Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson (13) mixed for 73 factors. The Warriors are Four-Zero this postseason when the trio mix for 70 or extra. Curry prolonged his NBA-record streak of playoff video games with a made Three-pointer to 82 video games.
He seems to be again, however his coach says he by no means left.
“This guy’s a two-time MVP, and he bounces back from bad games as well as anybody I’ve ever seen, so it didn’t surprise me,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned.