Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Riley Curry, like her dad Steph, had the best Game 3

Riley Curry, like her dad Steph, had the best Game 3

The Rockets will head on the road for Game 3 against the defending champs, looking to do what no team has been able to do in the previous year: beat the Warriors at Oracle Arena in the playoffs.

Having been pegged back to 1-1 in the Western Conference Finals by the Houston Rockets, the Warriors returned to Oracle Arena and put on a show to win 126-85.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on one days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games against a team with a winning home record.

Playing like a team intent on going to the National Basketball Association finals for a fourth consecutive season, the Warriors win also helped establish a new National Basketball Association record record with their 16th consecutive home playoff win, breaking the record of the 1990-1991 Jordan-Pippen led Chicago Bulls. It's now up to the Rockets to respond as their season is all but over if they fall behind 3-1 in this series.

"Offensively we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it". "That's it. When we defend at that level and take care of the ball, we're usually in pretty good shape".

The third quarter marked Curry's 10th career postseason frame with at least 17 points.

"We didn't make shots, didn't make plays", D'Antoni said.

Though to be fair, those other Rockets teams didn't have to play these Warriors. Then, theoretically braced for Golden State's trademark third-quarter pushes, Houston immediately conceded a 10-0 run out of halftime. Shortly after he placed the ball into the basket, Curry looked out into the crowd and yelled, "This is my house!" while adding an expletive.

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The Warriors could take a page out of Curry's book and develop amnesia ahead of Game 4. Plus, with the sportsbook not booking any bets on Rockets games all regular season or in the playoffs, it's missing out on a lot of extra revenue.

And the Warriors aren't anxious about Curry rediscovering his shooting rhythm after making only two 3-pointers - one in each game - so far this series. And the Warriors recorded a +371 plus-minus rating during that stretch.

Curry struggled through the first two games of the Western Conference Finals and was criticized for it, so you can understand why his emotions overflowed during Game 3.

"[D'Antoni is] right", said Rockets guard James Harden, who led Houston with 20 points and nine assists but was beaten defensively for many of Warriors star Stephen Curry's game-high 35 points.

"If he continues to do what he does - offshoot better, play better in defense and get the guys involved, we'll be in great shape". "We got what we deserved".

The towering forward had 15 points in the first half, and pushed the Warriors' lead to 54-41 with just under 30 seconds left in the half. The biggest issues emerged, though, in the Warriors' third-quarter push.

Defensively, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni had his players prepared and aggressive for a full 48 minutes.

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