The Houston Rockets needed a response in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Golden State Warriors, and they delivered one in the first half. Despite a hot start by the Warriors in the first few minutes, the Rockets surged in the second quarter to take a 58-49 advantage into the half.
They got a big boost from Eric Gordon, who stepped up to knock down four 3-pointers en route to a 20-point half. Likewise, Clint Capela finally started to get going, finishing the half with 10 points and nine rebounds to go with a on Andre Iguodala.
On the Warriors’ side, they got 37 points combined from Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, but little from anyone else.
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How to watch Game 3
- Date: Saturday, May 4
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Toyota Center — Houston
- TV channel: ABC
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming: fuboTV (try it for free)
- Odds: Rockets -3.5 (Over/Under 221.5)
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Game 3 storylines
Warriors: One of the most noticeable parts of the Warriors postseason run has been the play of Kevin Durant. While it’s not surprising that the All-Star forward is putting up big numbers, Durant is absolutely playing out of his mind. During the first two games of the series, Durant has put together averages of 32.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. Durant has been the best player on the court time and time again and the Rockets have really had a tough time slowing him down.
Rockets: Houston enters Game 3 with quite a bit on the line. Many expected this series to be a very long one, but that may not hold true if they don’t come up with a pair of victories over the next two contests. The Rockets definitely were balanced in Game 2, but it’s really going to come down to what happens on the defensive end. Golden State shot 46.2 percent from the field and the trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson combined to score 71 points. If Houston wants to win this series, they’re going to have to be more disciplined on the defensive end.
Game 3 prediction, pick
It certainly wasn’t the start to the series that the Rockets envisioned. However, Houston still was right there in both of the games thus far and some home cooking will definitely be beneficial. It should be a close contest, but the Rockets will win at least one of these games at home. Houston won’t want to go down 3-0, so they’ll get this one.