Curry hurts knee but Warriors beat Rockets 121-94 in Game four

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 4:30 AM

The Warriors felt horrible for the reigning MVP, but instead of sulking about their misfortune, they responded with a enormous third quarter to draw far from the Houston Rockets and cruise to a 121-94 triumph on Sun that gave them a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Curry hurts knee but Warriors beat Rockets 121-94 in Game four

Stephen Curry sat on the bench with his head in his hands, facing another injury that could derail Golden State'south playoff run.

The Warriors felt horrible for the reigning MVP, but instead of sulking about their misfortune, they responded with a enormous third quarter to draw far from the Houston Rockets and cruise to a 121-94 triumph on Sun that gave them a 3-one lead in the first-round playoff series.

"When you've a team that's as together as ours is and cares about each other love ours does, you tend to choose up the fight a small bit," coach Steve Kerr said. "Our guys sensed that we needed to come together."

Soon after half of the vaunted Splash Brothers dejectedly limped to the locker room, the other one kept the 3-pointers raining down. Klay Thompson made four of his seven three in the third as the Warriors made a franchise playoff-record eight in that quarter en route to an NBA playoff-record 21.

"Let'south not fool ourselves. When you hit the shots we're hitting, things are going to go your way," Draymond Green said.

James Harden was disgusted with Houston'south play in the third quarter.

"Terrible way, terrible way, terrible way to lose ... just a terrible quarter and that'south what gave the game away," Harden said.

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Curry returned after lost two games with a sprained right ankle, but didn't play in the second half after spraining his right knee on the final play of the second quarter. He'll have an MRI on Monday.

Golden State used a 41-point third quarter to get control of the game. The Warriors bested the NBA record they shared for three in a playoff game — set latest year against these Rockets — when Brandon Rush made one from the top of the key with about two one/two minutes left.

Golden State hosts Game five on Wednesday.

"I was trying to lift our level of intensity," said Thompson, who finished with twenty-three points. "When you play with emotion and play for your teammates, you can really obtain going. If we've that same emotion and intensity on Wednesday, we should be successful."

Dwight Howard led Houston with nineteen points and fifteen rebounds. Harden had eighteen points, ten assists and seven steals.

"When the moment called for us to lift our intensity level, we dropped our guard," Houston coach J. B. Bickerstaff said. "When their guy went down, you could look the intent in their guys' eyes. The moment we needed to match their intensity, we didn't do it."

Andre Iguodala added a season-high twenty-two points and Green finished with 18.

Curry slid awkwardly to the Ct while defending on the latest play before halftime and immediately grabbed his knee. He got up and looked to have trouble putting wt on it before jogging with a hobble to the locker room. He came out with the team after halftime, but sat on the bench for most of the warmup time. After talking with coaches, he returned to the locker room.

The Warriors didn't miss a beat without him and led by four with about eight one/two minutes left in the third quarter before making five 3-pointers in the following three minutes to fuel a 17-seven running that pushed the lead to 83-69.

Thompson hit another 3-pointer soon after that and the Warriors scored the latest eight points of the quarter to lead 97-76 entering the fourth.

After his two-game layoff, Curry struggled to discover his rhythm early. He was two of nine, including 1 of 7 on 3-pointers and had five turnovers before he was injured. He finished with six points.

Houston kept pace early behind dominant interior play by Howard, who had fourteen points and ten rebounds as the teams were tied at halftime.

"We should've played with the same energy that we did in the first half," Howard said. "When plays didn't go our way, we got upset and got a little frustrated."

The Warriors, who set an NBA record with seventy-three wins in the regular season, bounced back after Thursday'south loss to avert losing two games straight for the first time this season. They were the first team in NBA history to not lose two games in a row and also the first team to go an all season without losing to the same team twice.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry has made a 3-pointer in forty-second straight playoff games, which is second in NBA history behind forty-four by Reggie Miller... Sun was the first time the Warriors had scored at least forty points in a quarter in the playoffs since May eleven, two thousand seven, against Utah... Shaun Livingston got a technical in the third quarter when he tripped Howard after Howard hit him.

Rockets: Howard got a technical in the third quarter when he hit Livingston... Patrick Beverley strained his right leg in the second quarter and did not return.

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