Stephen Curry

Warriors Rout Rockets 115-80, Lead 3-0: BoxScore

HOUSTON (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Golden State Warriors took a step closer to making their first NBA finals in 40 years after routing Houston Rockets 115-80 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

MVP Stephen Curry scored a game-high 40 points, including 19 in the third quarter and connected on seven of his nine 3-point attempts to lead the way for the Warriors, who can finish off Houston in Game 4 next week.

“We are going to try and close out the series on Monday,” Curry said. “But it will be a grueling 48 minutes though.”

Curry, who notched his fourth straight outing with 30 or more points, shot 12-of-19 from the floor, while dishing out seven assists and pulling down five boards.

“Steph was Steph. He’s the MVP … His shooting is hard to describe,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Draymond Green contributed a fine double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds to go with his five assists, and Klay Thompson, although not shooting particularly well in this series, finished with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field.

James Harden scored 17 points to lead the way for the Rockets, but struggled to just 3-of-16 from the floor on a night when nothing went right for the home side.

As a team, Houston shot 33.7 percent from the field and were 5-for-25 from three-pointers.

Josh Smith ended with 16 points and eight rebounds and Dwight Howard collected a double-double of 14 points and 14 boards in the defeat for the Rockets, who will try to avoid being swept at the Toyota Center in Game 4.

Andrew Bogut had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a winning effort for the Warriors, with Festus Ezeli putting in 10 points and six boards off the bench.

However, starting forward Harrison Barnes failed to trouble the scoreboard after going 0-of-9 in 29 minutes.

Corey Brewer scored 13 points in the defeat for Houston.

Golden State led 62-37 at halftime.

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