Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Curry outfought Dwight Howard for an offensive rebound and set another 3-point mark in a dazzling second quarter display. The third was even better. The NBA MVP quickly quelled a mini Houston Rockets charge by adding a few more triples to his record. Curry nailed seven 3s and scored 40 points as the Golden State Warriors routed the Rockets 115-80 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The sharp-shooting Curry, who broke his 2013 record for the most 3-pointers made in a regular season with 286, has now drained the most treys in a single postseason. Reggie Miller set the mark in 2000, but Curry surpassed him in nine fewer games. It took Miller 22 contests to get to 59 3s. Golden State can sweep the series and book its first trip to the NBA Finals since 1975 on Monday. Curry's record-breaking 3 came at the 4:32 mark of the second. He took a few dribbles to his left and rose several feet from beyond the top of the arc to record his 60th trey of the postseason and give the Warriors a commanding 49-32 lead.
The Atlanta Hawks have lost one of their All-Stars for the rest of the postseason. The Cavs can certainly relate to that. Just as these two teams are trending in opposite directions, however, so too is the health of their rosters.
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - If the Atlanta Hawks are going to erase a 2-0 deficit in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they will have to do it without one of the NBA's best shooters.
The Hawks lost Kyle Korver for the remainder of the playoffs with a severe high right ankle sprain suffered in a Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. The Hawks already trail the best-of-seven series after losing the first two games at home. They now face an uphill climb without their starting shooting guard.
The Warriors' six-hour flight delay from the Bay Area on Friday will be no factor in Game 3 against the Rockets on Saturday night, coach Steve Kerr told reporters after a morning shoot-around at the Toyota Center.
Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.