Steph Curry says championship experience helped Warriors win Game 1 vs Rockets

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The Golden State Warriors took the lead in their Western Conference Finals series against the Houston Rockets on Monday night at the Toyota Center with an impressive 119-106 victory.

With the way which the Rockets had been performing over the regular season, many people thought they could give the Warriors a run for their money in the series, especially with James Harden and Chris Paul playing the first two games at the series at home. 

However, things played out completely differently last night, as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were able to dominate on the court to swing the series in Golden State's favour, and move them one step closer towards making their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Speaking after the game, Steph Curry believes the result shows the Warriors are ready to push forward and towards making another NBA Finals appearance. 

The point guard said to the IBTimes: "Talent's great but you got to actually go out there and compete and execute and be ready when the lights are on. We've put together a solid run, we want to continue to be greedy and go after more and it's a fun way to play so we got a good thing going.

"Everyone knows our role, everyone appreciates the moment that we've had and hopefully more to come. Just feeding off each other's energy and doing great."

Curry certainly feels like the Warriors' experience and history of success at this stage of the playoffs has helped them achieve a solid Game 1 win against the Rockets despite the fact their opponents were ranked the best team in the NBA over the regular season.

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game One

He said: "At the end of the day, it helps to have gone through this experience a few times and understand how you react to the pressure and find a way to get over the hump. You rely on that experience.

"They tried to throw a heavy punch early. James hit some early shots. We didn't get rattled. That could've been the deciding moment right there. You could lose a game in the first half by abandoning your game plan just because they hit some tough shots or whatever the case is. We settled the game down.

"The experience helps and you want to rely on that in just keeping your calm and composure especially on the road."

Game 2 of Warriors vs Rockets takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston once more on Wednesday night.

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