The cracks in Warriors' armor that could end their Finals reign

The cracks in Warriors' armor that could end their Finals reign

The cracks in Warriors' armor that could end their Finals reign

Curry unleashed a "This is my f-king house" to the Warriors fans at Oracle Arena during Sunday's 126-85 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals in the middle of a blistering third quarter. They held the Warriors to just 12 points in the fourth quarter, with only three field goals. That's how they got there. The Warriors won Game 3 too easily, beating the Rockets by 41 points.

"We're a team. We're really good as a team", Harden said after the game, and it's not just cliche. "We believe in ourselves and we went out and showed that we can win anywhere", said Houston's Trevor Ariza.

When Thompson missed the shot, Chris Paul grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 0.5 seconds left in the game.

But the former Los Angeles Clipper revealed he has been struggling with a damaged foot, claiming the injury had occurred during the fourth quarter of the Rockets' Game 2 win. "We put the pressure on him to make him drive a little bit".

Last summer, the Rockets, already armed with Harden, traded for Paul, a nine-time all-star, to match up with the defending champion Warriors.

Gordon finished with 14 points while PJ Tucker contributed 16 rebounds and Clint Capela had 13 boards for Houston, which has rebounded from all four losses this postseason with a win.

Guard Klay Thompson suffered a left knee strain in Game 4 but played through it after receiving treatment. Holding a 12-point lead at home Tuesday, they needed only to withstand less than 11 minutes for a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals with Houston.

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"Our normal sub pattern obviously was skewed with Andre's absence", Kerr said. Curry ran through some of his late misses but carefully added, "That's not why we lost".

Both teams made big runs in the first half, with the Rockets' lasting longer and producing a 53-46 half time lead.

Like a basketball version of a smoke detector or check-engine light, Golden State's coach jolted towards the court to warn of impending danger, unleashing a hurried timeout call midway through the first quarter.

Harden had 15 of his 30 points in the second quarter, during which the Rockets went up by as many as 10.

Then, the Warriors tried to bury Houston in the third quarter, as they do to most teams.

"We just kept playing", Paul said. Odds are we probably won't see much of Nene or Mbah a Moute on the floor Thursday night, but is there enough legs in the seven guys ahead?

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