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.
A scowling LeBron James high-fived his teammates on the bench after being substituted late in the fourth quarter with a Game 2 win well in hand. Forget about the Big Three, all the Cleveland Cavaliers needed Friday night was the Big One. James finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, recording 30 points and 11 assists, as the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 to open up a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James was 10-of-22 from the field and when he wasn't invading the paint and attacking the basket, he was finding teammates for open 3-pointers. Eight of his 11 assists led to a Cavaliers triple. James scored 11 of his points in a dominating third quarter where Cleveland outscored Atlanta 30-17 and led by as many as 20. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Irving sat out Game 2 due to a lingering left knee injury. He sat out Friday's morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo additional evaluation for tendinitis with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. He aggravated the injury in Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win. Kevin Love, of course, was lost for the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder during Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Cleveland started the game by knocking down 12 of its first 20 shots from beyond the arc and held a 47-39 advantage on the glass.