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The return of the Warriors we know: Steph and defense

Steph Curry and the Warriors had three days off to ponder a bad Game 2 loss in Houston. Back home for Game 3, Curry and his team unloaded on the Rockets.

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The Steph Curry of old resurfaces against Rockets

An uncharacteristic expletive outburst punctuated Curry's performance.

Curry comes alive in Warriors' Game 3 rout

Steph Curry scores 26 of his game-high 35 points in the second half of the Warriors' 41-point win in Game 3.

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Steph shimmies after crossing up Harden for 3

Steph Curry patiently dribbles before hitting a difficult 3-pointer over James Harden and shimmies to the delight of Warriors fans.

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Livingston leaves Harden in the dust with filthy move

Shaun Livingston crosses up James Harden with some sweet moves in the fourth quarter of Game 3.

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Stephen A.: Rockets' season on the line come Game 4

Stephen A. Smith says it was evident Steph Curry found his confidence, and if it continues into Game 4, Houston's season could be over.

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Curry goes off in third quarter

Steph Curry breaks out of a slump in a big way by scoring 18 points in the third quarter while igniting the Oracle crowd.

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Durant: Success 'all stems around' defensive end

Kevin Durant credits the Warriors' victory to the team's sense of urgency on defense and how they were able to help Steph Curry on offense.

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Curry 'expected' to bounce back in Game 3

Steph Curry says he doesn't get too high or too low regarding how he's shooting and explains how the Warriors will stay motivated for Game 4.

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Steph owns the 3rd quarter in the playoffs

Game 3's 18-point outburst in the third quarter by Steph Curry provides just the latest occurrence of the Warriors star's second-half takeovers.

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D'Antoni says Rockets played 'soft' in Game 3 loss

Mike D'Antoni is disappointed in his team's defensive effort, but expects his team to have a short memory heading into Game 4.

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Curry gets his swagger back in Warriors' Game 3 win

Behind a huge second half, Steph Curry scores 35 points as Golden State romps past Houston 126-85.

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Curry on wild celebration: 'I blacked out'

Steph Curry explains the flurry of emotions during his 18-point third quarter in Game 3.

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Kerr: 'Steph is underrated for the toughness factor'

Steve Kerr praises Steph Curry's physical and mental toughness after Game 3.

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Draymond, Ariza receive double technical

Draymond Green and Trevor Ariza get into a heated exchange in the 4th quarter of Game 3.

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Riley hyped up after Steph's tough layup

Steph Curry hits a teardrop in the lane to get his daughter Riley and the Oracle crowd pumped up.

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Steph drills deep 3-pointer

Steph Curry pulls up from deep and hits it over Chris Paul in the 3rd quarter of Game 3.

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Reaves' deflection propels Vegas to Stanley Cup Final

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Belief in each other key to Vegas' Cup run

James Neal breaks down the Golden Knights' approach through the regular and postseason while adding there's "one more series" to win.

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Vegas' Cup win would be greatest story in NHL history

Barry Melrose explains Marc-Andre Fleury's impact and how significant it would be if the expansion Golden Knights won the Stanley Cup.

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Golden Knights close out Jets in 5, head to Cup Final

Ryan Reaves scores the go-ahead goal and Marc-Andre Fleury makes 31 saves as the Golden Knights beat the Jets 2-1 to win the West.

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Golden Knights celebrate Stanley Cup Final berth

In their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Winnipeg Jets in Game 5 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

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SVP: Sports provide a great healing place

Scott Van Pelt's 1 Big Thing discusses the Santa Fe (Texas) HS baseball team's decision to play a day after a shooting at their school that killed 10 people.

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MLB

Boston's boppers outslug Bronx Bombers

We all expected an AL East power duo to strike fear in the hearts of opposing pitchers, but not necessarily J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts.

Hicks throws two 105 mph pitches

Cardinals rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks becomes the first player in the past 10 seasons to throw multiple 105-mph pitches in the same game.

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Ohtani shines on the mound with 9 K's

In his 7th career pitching appearance, Shohei Ohtani becomes the fastest Angels pitcher ever to record 50 strikeouts.

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Swanson's walk-off single caps Braves' comeback

Dansby Swanson hits a two-run single with 2 outs in the ninth inning that caps a six-run rally as the Braves defeat the Marlins 10-9.

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Mets' ball boy lays out for incredible grab

The ball boy for the Mets makes an impressive catch after Asdrubal Cabrera fouls one out along the third base line.

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LeBron James' NBA story can't be told without these 13 moments

A look back at 13 amazing tales -- some you might not know, and some you might've forgotten -- as LeBron plays on during his 13th postseason.

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Morris admits he did a poor job guarding LeBron

Marcus Morris says he watched "a ton" of film after the Celtics' loss in Game 3 and admits that he could have done a better job defending LeBron James.

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How it's going down: The King looks to hold court in Game 4

With the help of Second Spectrum, we break down how LeBron James facilitated a rejuvenated Cavs offense in Game 3 and dominated on defense.

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Celtics' postseason road issues continue

Following a Game 3 blowout in Cleveland, the Celtics fall to 1-5 on the road this postseason and are left facing questions in their title quest.

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Down 2-1? No problem for LeBron

Recent history suggests the King's squads aren't in danger when facing a 2-1 deficit to an Eastern Conference foe.

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On This Date: May 21, 2012

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  • On this date: Westbrook steals, scores on circus layup

    Russell Westbrook gets a steal, goes to the other end and finishes by scooping up a wild shot that went in off the backboard while getting fouled during the Thunder's 2012 Western Conference semifinals matchup against the Lakers.

Lionel Messi is the quietest superstar

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    Lionel Messi only seems like the least interesting man in the world. Listen closely and his silence speaks louder than most athletes' shouts.