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(6) during the
first half in
Game 3 of the
HOUSTON---Stephen Curry scored
40 points and the Golden State War-
riors made it look easy against Hous-
ton, beating the Rockets 115-80 on
Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in
the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors won the first two games
by just five points combined. There
would be no such drama in this one,
with Curry leading them to a 26-point
advantage in the second quarter.
Now the baby-faced MVP has Gold-
en State just one victory away from its
first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975.
Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.
"We understand it s a special
moment, it s just we re wrapped up in
our day to day grind of preparing for
games and going out and exerting all
the effort we need to make this story
happen," Curry said. "So it s kind of
hard to remove yourself from those
Curry was unstoppable, making
seven 3-pointers to break the NBA
record for most 3s in the playoffs in a
season with 64.
MVP runner-up James Harden fin-
ished with 17 points behind 10-of-11
free-throw shooting, but made just 3
of 16 shots as the Rockets dropped
three straight for the first time all sea-
son. Dwight Howard, who played
despite a knee injury suffered in Game
1, had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Houston rebounded from a 3-1 deficit
in the conference semifinals to beat
the Clippers and move on. No team in
NBA history has won a series after
falling behind 3-0.
"We just can t quit on each other,"
Howard said. "We ve come too far.
We ve been through too many battles
to just allow it to end like tonight ...
we ve just got to man up."
Draymond Green and Klay Thomp-
son added 17 points apiece for the War-
riors. Curry had 37 points after three
quarters and went to the bench for
good with about 5 1/2 minutes remain-
ing after his seventh 3-pointer made
it 103-73. He also had seven rebounds
and five assists. After coach Steve Kerr
complained about turnovers in the last
game, the Warriors had just one before
halftime to help them run away with
this one early.
"If we defend like crazy and take off
the ball, we re going to be in good
shape," Kerr said.
The Rockets have rebounded from
double-digit deficits in three of their
eight wins this postseason, but this
time they fell into a hole way too big
to overcome. Especially when Harden s
shots weren t falling.
The Warriors were in control of this
one from the start and were up by 12
at the end of the first. But things got
out of hand quickly when Curry heated
up.A pair of free throws by Harden cut
the lead to nine points with about 6
minutes left in the quarter when Curry
took over. He scored the next six points
as part of a 16-5 run where he scored
all but two of the Warriors points to
push the lead to 54-34.
Curry broke the record for 3s in the
playoffs on a long one from the top of
the key that put Golden State up 49-
32 about 4 1/2 minutes before halftime.
Reggie Miller set the previous mark of
58 in 2000. The Warriors led by 25 at
halftime and Houston opened the third
quarter strong, using a 13-6 spurt to
get within 68-50. Thompson made a
free throw after that before Curry took
control once again, scoring the next
five points, including a 3-pointer under
heavy pressure, to push it to 75-50
midway through the third quarter.
He wrapped up the third quarter in
much the same way, scoring Golden
State s last five points, capped by a 3-
pointer to make it 92-61 entering the
Howard was the only positive for the
Rockets in the first half and he had 12
points and 10 rebounds. Harden made
just one of eight shots in the first half,
but had eight points after making all
six of his free throws.
The Warriors led 30-18 at the end
of the first quarter behind 10 points
from Australian Andrew Bogut.
Curry, Golden State
rout Houston Rockets
ATLANTA---Already facing a daunt-
ing task after losing the first two
games at home in the Eastern Con-
ference final, the Atlanta Hawks were
dealt another major blow Saturday
when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver
was ruled out for the rest of the play-
offs because of a severely sprained
The guard was injured in Game 2
while scrambling for a loose ball. Cleve-
land s Matthew Dellavedova slammed
into the side of Korver s ankle late in
the third quarter of the Cavaliers 94-
82 victory Friday night.
X-rays at Philips Arena were negative,
but a follow-up MRI and examination
at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic con-
firmed a severe high-ankle sprain.
Korver will be examined by a foot and
ankle specialist to determine the best
course of treatment, but there s no
chance of him playing again this post-
season, the team said.
"We will miss him," Atlanta coach
Mike Budenholzer said. "It s very, very
difficult for him personally but more
so for how much this team has done
together, how much he s been a part
of that. He s a huge part of our lead-
ership, our fabric, our fiber."
Budenholzer hasn t decided who will
start Game 3 at Cleveland on Sunday
night. Kent Bazemore seems the most
likely candidate, but he s also the top
backup for small forward DeMarre Car-
roll, who is dealing with a sprained left
knee. The other guards on the roster
are little-used Shelvin Mack and John
Hawks' Korver out playoffs
with sprained ankle
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