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Western Conf. Finals - Game 3: Houston Rockets 85-126 Golden State Warriors - 5 Talking Points

Gautam Varier
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Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Three
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green

When asked after Game 2 if he was healthy, Steph Curry responded by saying he felt great and boy was he great in the 2nd half of Game 3 back at home. Curry overcame a slow start to finish with 35 points and Kevin Durant added 25 as the Warriors bludgeoned the Rockets to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

James Harden led a floundering Houston offense with just 20 points, while Clint Capela and Chris Paul had 13 each.

Here are top 5 talking points from the game:

#5 Huge turnover differential

Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors - Game Three
James Harden and Klay Thompson

While the Golden State Warriors are known for their brilliant ball movement, they are also pretty well known for carelessly turning the ball over, but that was not the case in Game 3. They turned it over just 8 times, while on the flip side, the Houston Rockets had their highest turnover total in the playoffs with 20. Turnovers often play a big role in deciding the outcome of games and this one was no different.

As Houston kept turning it over, it allowed Golden State to get out on the fast break and wreck havoc. After allowing just 7 fast break points in Game 2, they let in 19 in this one. The Warriors don't lose too many games when they win the turnover battle and the Rockets will have to force a lot more than they did in Game 3 if they are to level up this series.

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