Paul makes Curry look foolish on crossover, Rockets beat Warriors

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reacts after a call while playing against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland Calif. on Sunday

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The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are just about ready for tipoff of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals from Oracle Arena. At one point during the third quarter, Curry was so fired up he let an F-bomb fly while pumping up the crowd.

A general view during the Golden State Warriors game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena on November 7, 2012 in Oakland, California.

Curry was relieved to have rediscovered his scoring touch, even if he had been unfazed by the criticism of his game two performance.

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. Game 2, you saw Eric Gordon attacking, Trevor Ariza got into the paint. He had 40. Game 2 we were just a step slow mentally and physically, allowing paint touches and drive and kicks and all that. But there's a long way to go.

"You've just got to find whatever you want to get going".

"It feels like the finals." said Cedrick Golden, Sports Columnists for the Austin American-Statesman before the game "It's the game we've been waiting for 6 months now". "Not really. We've seen this so many times with Steph". I thought he was pressing a little bit early, but I was never concerned.

"She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back", Curry told ESPN's Chris Haynes after the Game 3 victory.

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

The 41-point margin of defeat was the largest in the Rockets' postseason history. "You can't do that against these guys", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said.

"We always talk about having a short memory, especially in bad times, but you have to have a short memory also in good times". It's 2-1, and we've got to get one up here.

"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".

Curry went for a 18 points still fresh off his Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee that kept him out for 10 regular-season games and six postseason appearances. Curry managed to singlehandedly outscore Harden (20 points) and Paul (13 points) combined, with Harden posting a season-low minus-19 in 33 minutes.

The Warriors had edged into a nine-point lead in the first quarter, building momentum steadily to go 31-22 clear. A third-quarter explosion from Curry turned the fourth quarter into extended garbage time.

The Rockets responded bravely to the onslaught, going on a 10-2 run to slash the home side's lead to 13 points. The Rockets committed 20 turnovers which led to 28 points for the Warriors and they reverted back to their isolation offense which didn't work at all. "But we have to control what we can control, and make sure we're aggressive". One game won't quell every concern for Curry's health moving forward, but he at least showed he's capable of reaching his stratospheric heights for a lengthy stretch.

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