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Warrior Wonder: Steph Curry saves the day in Game 7

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With a trip to the NBA Finals hanging in the balance, the Warriors’ leader and two-time MVP dominates the third quarter (scoring 14 of his 27 points) and led the Warriors to the come-from-behind win.

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps it was fitting that Game 7 between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets was played in Houston because it was a bit like something out of the Old West. Jimmy the Beard and his Rockets rode into town in their black hats jerseys and seemed to say they were going to be running things in this wild west.

By halftime, the Rockets were up by eleven points as they looked like the better team through the first half. The Warriors looked overwhelmed out of sorts while the Rockets looked like the team with all the championship experience after two quarters of this deciding game.

But then a man rode into town. He came in on his white horse, his (three-point) guns blazing. He wasn’t going to let these newcomers just run him and his posse (I’m using that term in the wild west-sense not in the Phil-Jackson-talking-about-LeBron sense) out of town. That man was Stephen Curry, here to save the day once again.

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets
Just after high noon (well, halftime), Steph Curry rode into town with his (three-point) guns blazing and shot the Warriors into the NBA Finals.
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Curry turned in an outstanding all-around performance in Monday night’s series-clinching victory, ending Game 7 with 27 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Curry also finished the game with 4 steals as he played much better defense on James Harden down the stretch.

However, it was Curry’s play in the third quarter that was the most impressive. It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise since Curry has been electrifying Warriors fans and the league as whole with these third quarters for many years now.

Yet every time he does it, every time he takes over a third quarter and turns a substantial deficit into a sizable lead seemingly all on his own, it never fails to take our breath away.

In the third quarter of Monday night’s game, Curry scored 14 of his 27 points. Curry got especially hot from three-point range in the quarter, as he went 4/5 from beyond the arc. One of those makes came off of an amazing between-the-legs pass from Jordan Bell that gave the Warriors the lead.

Mike D’Antoni brought Ryan Anderson off the bench in the third, inserting him into the Rockets’ lineup for P.J. Tucker. Curry went at Anderson repeatedly during that stretch, getting the less-than-stellar-defensively forward switched onto him before putting up another three-pointer.

It was vintage Curry—finding the mismatch or opening in the other team and exploiting it mercilessly.

Curry’s impact in that third quarter that swung the game was more than just his scoring, grabbing six rebounds in the third while also handing out three of his assists. But, not surprisingly, it was his scoring that gave his team the greatest spark and played the biggest role in the Warriors’ Game 7 victory.

Sheriff Curry was there to set things right in the third and he reminded Jimmy the Beard and his Rockets just who is the top man in this Wild West(era Conference) as he rides into the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

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Who was your Warrior Wonder in Game 7 against the Houston Rockets?

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  • 83%
    Stephen Curry
    (1920 votes)
  • 5%
    Kevin Durant
    (116 votes)
  • 2%
    Draymond Green
    (60 votes)
  • 3%
    Klay Thompson
    (84 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Kevon Looney
    (10 votes)
  • 2%
    Jordan Bell
    (56 votes)
  • 0%
    Nick Young
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick McCaw
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Quinn Cook
    (15 votes)
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