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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

Warriors guard scores 18 of his 35 points in third quarter, and gets caught up in the moment.

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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Top headlines

Larry Nance Jr. is eager to contribute for Cavaliers

In 'roller coaster' playoffs, forward has played double-digit minutes the last two games.

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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Free Agent Decisions

What moves can and should the Nuggets make?

What will the Nuggets do about Nikola Jokic and Will Barton? We break down their offseason options.

Biggest NBA free-agency, trade and draft decisions for every team

Which decisions on key players, draft picks, trades and new contracts will be priorities for every franchise?

Will Lakers land two top free agents this offseason?

Byron Scott expects Magic Johnson to bring Paul George and one more marquee free agent to Los Angeles.

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NBA Draft

NBA draft stock watch: Biggest risers and fallers at the combine

Who helped their stock the most, and what were NBA scouts saying at the combine? We break it down.

NBA draft combine: Big winners and comps from new measurements

Here are our biggest takeaways from the combine measurements, including some record-setting numbers.

Mock draft: Every likely pick with final order

The Suns have won the NBA draft lottery. Whom will they take, and where will the rest of the top prospects land?

Luka Doncic watch

Which team can unlock superstar-level Luka Doncic?

Perhaps the most accomplished Euro prospect ever still needs the right pieces around him.

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