James Harden Agrees With D'Antoni, Rockets "Played Soft" In Game 3

Brenda Watkins
May 22, 2018

Once the two-time MVP got his groove back, Houston was helpless.

Curry scored 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting, including 1-of-8 from three-point range. "It's a cool moment". He was amped, the crowd was amped, the Warriors were amped - after a skittish first half, there was nothing but good vibes floating around the arena. Durant started the game on fire, and Curry found his rhythm in the third quarter. "I've been doing this for a while. I won't let two tough games shooting keep me frustrated".

Draymond Green was everywhere on defense, altering shots at the rim from the weak side, containing Harden and Chris Paul on switches and battling on the glass for 17 rebounds while notching a team-high six assists.

The defending champions also broke an National Basketball Association record by winning their 16th straight postseason game at home, breaking the Chicago Bulls' mark of 15 straight in 1990-91.

Davidson's Bob McKillop shepherded Steph Curry's All-American career in college and remains very close to the best player he has ever coached.

Curry also delivered a different message: What slump? "I hope Riley didn't see it". "His three is similar to some people's dunk".

The Rockets have spent months living up to their promise that this season would be different: They have won more games, defended more effectively, and played with greater consistency than at any point during Harden's tenure. That's how his three ball is.... "I don't mean to disappoint, but I've seen crazier from him, but it was good to see".

Game 4 will be played at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night (May 22). The Warriors defeated the Rockets 126-85.

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GETTYSteph Curry got it going after half-time

"A lot of it was just [me] talking to myself, nearly like you've got to be your biggest fan sometimes", Curry said.

You would think the Rockets had never made a layup before after all the missed shots at the basket on Sunday night.

The two teams split the first 2 games and now the Warriors have a 2-1 lead.

"All it takes is one", Kerr said.

Both teams agree on this much, that the series is about to get tighter and perhaps better because both teams bring out so much in the other.

"Offensively, we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it", said Harden.

Particularly terrible was James Harden's matador defense, especially on one play where he found himself getting sauced up by Golden State guard Shaun Livingston on a cross/behind the back move.

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