The Golden State Warriors set an NBA playoff record for three-pointers made

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The Golden State Warriors spent the entire regular season breaking records and they have continued in that vein in the playoffs too. 

In their 121-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday, the Warriors posted an NBA playoff record 21 three-pointers. 

The feat was made all the more impressive with MVP Stephen Curry only contributing to one of those due to a knee injury that kept him out for the entire second half.

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It once again underlines the strength in depth - or strength in numbers as the Dubs like to say - throughout the roster. 

Klay Thompson, after going 0-of-7 from behind the arc in their game three loss, got his shooting stroke back and connected on seven three-pointers in the huge win. 

Draymond Green was also in fine form from deep as he hit 4-of-7 and sixth man Andre Iguodala hit three off the bench. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers tied the playoff record - which was jointly held by the Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, and Seattle Supersonics - in their game two win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday hitting 20, but as we've learnt from the men in Oakland, they don't particularly like sharing. 

Team spirit

After the game was tied at 56 at halftime, the Dubs outscored the Rockets 41-20 in the third quarter to swing the game in their favour. They made a franchise playoff-record eight three-point shots in that quarter en route to taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The right knee injury to Curry - the extent of which is yet to be revealed - didn't derail the Warriors. If anything, it had the completely opposite effect and galvanised them.

"When you have a team that is as together as ours is and cares about each other like ours does, you tend to pick up the fight a little bit," coach Steve Kerr said. "Our guys sensed that we needed to come together."

After breaking the regular season wins record with 73 wins and hitting the most three-pointers in NBA history both individually, in Curry's case, and collectively, Kerr's team now have their eyes set on entering the playoff history books.

Taking responsibility

With his splash brother hurt, Thompson took it upon himself to carry the offence of the defending champions and had a game-high 23 points and with Curry potentially missing a number of games, the 26-year-old will become even more important to the team's chances of repeating this year.

"I was trying to raise our level of intensity," said Thompson after the game. "When you play with emotion and play for your teammates, you can really get going. If we have that same emotion and intensity on Wednesday, we should be successful."  

Thompson and the Warriors have an opportunity to close the series out on Wednesday as they return to the Oracle Arena for game five.

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