Stephen Curry scored 18 of his total 35 points in the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs in front of the their fans at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors leads the best-of-seven series 2-1 over Rockets.
The Rockets had early favorable success by attacking Stephen Curry, but the Warriors trashed back with a branded 9-0 run in under 90 seconds time remaining on the first quarter, including this three-pointer by Curry. Golden State’s superstar, despite that early three is just 1-for-6 shooting form beyond the arc, but so far no distress from the team, who used an 11-0 run to close out the first period of the game and shape up their largest lead of the game. The Rockets shot just 39 percent in the first quarter and turned the ball over six times.
In the halftime, neither Golden State nor Houston could seem to hit anything from the rainbow line, with Warriors 4-for-19 (21.1%) and Rockets 4-for-15 (26.7%) in the first half of the Western Conference Finals Game 3. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 15 in the first half of the matchup. The Warriors found the machine that apparently only they have, and it correlated in the third quarter with Curry catching definite fire. Just 3-for-11 in the first half of the contest, he contributed 18 points in the third quarter alone, and didn’t miss not even a single shot. Golden States had runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the third quarter.
In the final period of the Warriors vs. Rockets Game 3, Curry struggled to track down his shooting feat in Houston, and after the first half of the game three on Sunday night was just 3-for-20 from the threes in the series. Then Stephen went off, hitting all of his seven field goal attempts in the third quarter.
Curry made 11 of 13 shots from the floor in the second half off the clash, including four out of five. I already mentioned this and I will say it again, the Warriors used runs of 10-0 and 13-0 in the third quarter to lock up a halftime lead from 11 points to 21 score deficit when the buzzer rang in the end of the quarter.
GSW got 25 points scored by Durant and 17 rebounds from Draymond Green for the win, their 16th straight home win in the playoffs. That being said, the Warriors broke an NBA record, one better than Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls dating way back in 1990 and 1991.
The Rockets, on the other side of the Oracle Arena, struggled to keep up as they shoot just 40 percent and carrying out a total of 19 turnovers, which was their most in a game since February 26, 2018. James Harden led Houston with 20 points and nine assists in their loss to the Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals series in the 2018 NFL Playoffs is scheduled on Tuesday night in Oakland.