In response to Kerr's comments, Thompson said the Warriors were not anxious because they were more than capable of making an 11-point lead vanish within minutes.
Curry led the Warriors' third-quarter attack, scoring 14 of his team's 33 points in the frame and giving Golden State a 76-67 advantage entering the fourth quarter. At one point, the Rockets missed an inconceivable 27 consecutive three-point shots, including going 0-for-14 in the third quarter.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas sent out a picture of himself sitting courtside at the Toyota Center for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Rockets and Warriors, leading everyone on Twitter to make the same joke. "Pressure both ways because of how big the moment is, and you've got to want it". The Warriors, rather than the Rockets, could have been the team that shot seven for 44 from three-point range.
"We haven't been in this position before", Curry said after Houston had seized a 3-2 lead.
Houston scored only 25 points in the second half of Game 6 and 28 in the second half of Game 7.
Tucker made one of two free throws and the teams exchanged layups before Golden State scored nine straight points, with two 3s from Curry, to take a 64-61 lead.
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James Harden, who had 22 points in the first half on Saturday night but just 10 the rest of the way, insists that the Rockets remain confident despite the blowout loss and are up to Monday's challenge.
Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown combined to hit just 19 percent of their attempts from the floor and an abysmal 11 percent (3-of26) from deep.
LeBron James, perennial NBA Finals underdog. "We just couldn't extend the lead". Those same opportunities were there in the second half, we just didn't make them. Next year, health abiding, the Celtics will have the best player on the court in a playoff series for the first time since Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were traded.
Yet Golden State flicked the switch after the break, and Curry and Durant soon began raining down buckets from distance.
"Much respect to the Houston Rockets for bringing the best out of us and making this an incredible series and pushing us to the brink", Durant said."You've got to give respect to them and the great season that they had".
"As a basketball fan, to turn on the TV last night and watch the game and there were points in the game where you didn't know how it was going to play out and they found a way to get it done, so shout-out to him".
Like James' two 3-pointers late in Game 6, the dagger had been plunged and twisted. "That's what their trademark is; we know it and it's not like it's a secret".
But two years ago, they also weren't given much of a shot against the Warriors, especially after falling behind 3-1 in the finals. I took umbrage with those.