Stephen Curry Goes Ballistic: Warriors Shoot Down the Rockets
Stephen Curry crossed up James Harden in the 3rd quarter and shot a 30-foot three-pointer with a hand in his face. When the ball kissed nothing but the bottom of the net, the Warriors’ Oracle Arena erupted as it has so many times with Curry over the past 8 years.
“His 3 (point shot) is similar to some people’s dunk,” said Draymond Green in a postgame interview, when he was describing the impact that Curry can have on the game.
Curry scored 35 points in 34 minutes, making 5 three-pointers in what became the biggest win in Warriors’ playoff history, beating the Rockets by 41 points 126-85, Herald Sun reported. The victory was the Warriors’ 16th consecutive playoff victory at home, a new NBA record, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ previous record, ESPN reported.
Much of the discussion preceding this game was regarding Curry’s struggles during games 1 and 2, when he was particularly hounded by Rockets’ guards James Harden and Chris Paul. Curry returned the favor on Sunday night, swinging momentum back in Golden State’s hands.
“A lot of it was just talking to myself, almost like you’ve got to be your biggest fan sometimes,” Curry said in a postgame interview, when describing the emotion he felt after hitting the big 3-pointer in the 3rd quarter. After making the shot, Curry did a shimmy dance, something that he often does when he is in the groove.
Curry could also be seen swearing after driving to the hoop. “I blacked out,” he said in reference to his cursing. Curry said that his Mom sent him 2 home video clips of his profane language. “She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It’s a message I’ve heard before,” Curry told ESPN.
A devout Christian, Curry was apologetic but offered a pragmatic explanation for his outburst. As reported by The Undefeated, Curry said, “If they ever thought I was perfect, then they got the wrong message to begin with,” said Curry, the favorite active athlete among kids 12-17. “I try to do the right things all the time. I have an awareness of who I represent on the court. In that moment, I fell a little short. I have to try to do better next time.”
Warriors’ fans understand that Curry is not perfect, but that he is a blessing to his team for his performance on and off the court. They hope that Curry returns to his original self as he leads them into Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, May 22.