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[Stephen] Curry was marvelous in Game 1 and deadly in Game 2. He was both and more in Game 3, pouring in a game-high 40 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including a sublime 7-of-9 on 3-pointers. The scrawny, tiny Curry has never stood larger in his basketball career. He broke Reggie Miller’s NBA record for 3s made in a playoff year. He’s averaging 35.6 points on 61.2 percent shooting (38 of 62) from the field and 58 percent (18 of 31) beyond the arc. He’s made Harden forgettable, placed his name among the league’s historic greats and put once-forgotten Golden State within sight of the only series that matters. Houston Chronicle
“Steph was Steph. He’s the MVP,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose highly confident team blew out the fight-less Rockets 115-80 Saturday at the Toyota Center. “He’s had a brilliant season. The shooting is hard to describe because I don’t think we’ve ever seen anybody shoot the ball the way Steph does off the dribble, off the catch. Seven-for-nine from 3. I mean, it was remarkable. Just a tremendous performance.” Houston Chronicle
“One (fan) in the corner, a guy said – I can’t repeat what he said, a four-letter word,” said Curry, who’s drilled 64 3s this postseason. “But that’s the one I turned around and kind of just said, ‘Sit down.’ ” Houston Chronicle
According to Harden, it wasn’t about what the Warriors were doing defensively. When asked what adjustments they made on him Saturday, he simply said, “None.” The problem for the Rockets, said Harden, was that they came out too loose. To overcome the hole they’re in now will take some heroics that no team in the history of the league has ever had. No one has ever come back to win a series after being down 0-3. Houston Chronicle
After Game 2, which came down to the final play, Harden expected the Rockets to play fiery and upbeat basketball. He was shocked that they did the opposite. “I’m surprised,” Harden said. “We were too relaxed, too comfortable. Like I said, we were playing uphill the majority of the game. We were trying to come back and the fight wasn’t enough.” Houston Chronicle
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