The Houston Rockets managed to tie their Western Conference Finals series against the Golden State Warriors at 1-1 after a win on Wednesday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. They demonstrated why they were the best team in the NBA this regular season.
The Rockets won Game 2 127-105 against the Warriors with James Harden running the show with 27 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Houston also didn't even trailing after the first quarter, and they lead by double digits for most of the night.
Houston was also excellent on defense as well. While they struggled to contain Kevin Durant who finished with 37 points, they did limit Steph Curry to just 16 points, while also not allowing the rest of Golden State's roster to get into double digits.
Speaking to ESPN, Curry reflected on the Rockets' performance and stated that his own team needs to respond to this in Game 3 and beyond by having more aggressiveness and more discipline on the defensive side of the ball.
The two-time MVP winner said after the game: "They made shots. We were just a step slow on our rotations and our switches. Guys got into the paint. We know their M.O. is isolation, trying to get dribble drives, get the ball in the paint. ... We've got to respond with some more aggressiveness and more discipline on the defensive end."
The Rockets targeted Curry on 23 possessions in Game 2, the most he has been targeted in a game this postseason, and it paid off big time as it was their way back into the series. Of those 23 possessions where the Warriors star was the primary defender, Houston shot 7-of-15 from the field.
Many have questioned if this kind of performance from the Rockets on Curry is a sign that his knee injury, which he picked up near the end of the regular season, still isn't fully healed, to which he said: "I physically feel fine. I'm playing without really any limitations so I can just go play basketball."
Curry is confident now that because Game 3 and 4 will be at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Warriors can get back into good shape in the series before visiting Houston once more for Game 5.
"Obviously, now the cliché is we came here and we did what we're supposed to do, and it's 1-1, and yada, yada, yada. That's a good feeling, better than the alternative. Now we've got to go home and recalculate, figure out how to get the momentum back on our side. Get our home crowd into it and should be in good shape."
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