OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry shook, shimmied and screamed, letting his adoring fans and the Rockets know that Oracle Arena was his house.
Curry scored 35 points with five three-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past him as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Curry had 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the third quarter, while thousands cheered and exhaled, exhilarated by his every move.
"There's obviously that anticipation when you come in transition and you find an open look and there's a collective hush in the crowd, especially in this building," Curry said. "It's a cool moment. I was searching for it in the first half. I had plenty of opportunities, I just couldn't knock it down. Third quarter it opened up."
The 41-point victory was the largest in franchise history during the postseason.
"Offensively we didn't have any thrust, and they exploited it," Harden said.
Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls' mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.
Harden had 20 points. Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds. They shot a combined 12-for-32.