Warriors rout Rockets in Game 3

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GETTYSteph Curry was sublime in the third quarter to help blow the Rockets away

James Harden and Mike D'Antoni were in agreement that the Rockets played "soft" in their Game 3 blowout loss at the Warriors' hands. That was largely because the Rockets had ample time to set their defense following made baskets. "That's how it is in the playoffs", Paul said.

Steph Curry seems to be heeding Steve Kerr's advice with his defense on James Harden during the Warriors 126-85 win over Houston Sunday night.

Through two games, it's abundantly clear that Durant can get just about any shot he wants on offense. The only silver lining from Sunday's record-setting 41-point defeat is that Harden gets at least two chances to push back on the most aggravating of labels: That he comes up small when it matters the most. Whether they get a bucket or not, my job is to make it tough on them, and I did that really well Game 1.

The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home playoff win to surpass the Chicago Bulls from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991. "All it takes is one".

"He's been wonderful and he's making plays", Curry said of Durant when asked about his performances in the playoffs. But if you bet on Golden State at Las Vegas' Golden Nugget, you've already been paid even though the Western Conference Finals is far from over.

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GETTYSteph Curry got it going after half-time

"He didn't create those", Kerr said. Houston shot 34.9 percent from the floor, including only 4-of-15 from 3-point range and 9-of-21 within the restricted area, with numerous missed layups leading to transition points for Golden State. You're facing the other team's best pitching night after night. The young quartet of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier represent matchup problems for the older and slower guards and wings on the Cavs team, and if they start hitting more of their shots, the Celtics should have the edge.

Houston was coming off a morale-boosting victory in Game 2 that was believed to have re-injected some confidence back to the team.

The Rockets led 60-45 with 1:30 remaining in the first half when Curry manned up against Paul. Mark agreed. We've both been blessed to coach the group. But you don't become a two-time MVP just by shooting a bunch of threes. Steph, Draymond, Andre (Iguodala) and Klay (Thompson), those are guys who have been here for a while, so then you add KD to that, a guy who's seen everything in the playoffs. "We've got to defend the ball better".

"We always talk about having a short memory, especially in bad times, but you have to have a short memory also in good times". Play with the same desperation. "Play with the same force that we played offensively and defensively, knowing that they'll have more of a force on their side", D'Antoni said.

We know the 3-pointer has changed basketball, and made rapid comebacks much more likely ... but the problem is everyone shoots 3-pointers so well, there isn't a massive advantage there for anyone except the team with three of the best 10 shooters in the NBA.

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