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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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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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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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KD blows by Harden for crafty layup

Kevin Durant attacks the rim and finishes over two Rockets in Game 3.

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Cavs finally unlocked, match LeBron's intensity to claim Game 3

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JR Smith shows signs of life for Cavaliers

Guard contributes 11 points in lopsided Game 3 win after scoring a combined four in first two games.

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LeBron drops lefty dime to Thompson

LeBron James finds Tristan Thompson for the easy dunk with a slick pass as he's falling.

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LeBron throws down reverse windmill

LeBron James cuts backdoor and throws down a reverse windmill dunk on a feed from Kevin Love.

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LeBron takes flight off Love's great pass

LeBron James cuts to the rim and Kevin Love sends him the ball, then James throws down a windmill dunk with authority.

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LeBron dissects Celtics' defense with wizardly passes

LeBron James gets his teammates involved early and often in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Smith invades Thompson's interview

Tristan Thompson explains what went right for the Cavaliers in Game 3 before JR Smith startles him during his response.

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LeBron attributes win to defensive energy

LeBron James talks about his responsibility for the Cavs and the defensive presence that wasn't there in the first two games of the series.

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Cavs get 3s to fall in Game 3

JR Smith and Kyle Korver were on fire from 3-point land, taking some offensive pressure off of LeBron James against the Celtics.

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LeBron tosses left-handed gem while falling

LeBron James draws a double team and manages to thread a beautiful lefty feed to Tristan Thompson who dunks it down.

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Love jokes about his pass to LeBron

Kevin Love says his bounce pass to LeBron James won't be a career highlight for The King but maybe for himself.

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LeBron brings the energy in Game 3

LeBron James scores 27 points, but gets his teammates involved and plays stifling defense in the Cavaliers' Game 3 win.

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LeBron on difficult passes: 'Don't try it at home'

LeBron James details his top passes from Game 3 and says he thinks his "passing is right up there with every other aspect" of his game.

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Stephen A.: Cavs showed more urgency in Game 3

Stephen A. Smith is impressed by the Cavaliers' defense and believes the Celtics showed their youth in the big loss.

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Stevens praises LeBron's passing ability

Brad Stevens acknowledges LeBron James' stellar passing and says the Celtics have to do a better job with defensive help and coverages.

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Cavs dominate Celtics in Game 3

All five Cavaliers starters score in double digits, with LeBron James dropping 27 points and 12 assists to win 116-86.

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Stevens: Celtics 'clearly not' harder playing team in Game 3

Brad Stevens credits the Cavs for their defensive intensity in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Burke: Celtics overwhelmed by Cavs' force

Doris Burke tells Scott Van Pelt that the Cavaliers' offense is "sustainable" when more than just LeBron James is putting up points.

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