Stephen Curry’s absence in the second half didn’t affect the outcome of the game after the record-breaking Golden State Warriors defeat the Houston Rockets, 104-78, in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Saturday.
In the first half of the game, Stephen Curry led the team by scoring 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and five three-pointers. Unfortunately, in the last minutes of the second quarter Curry accidentally tweaked his right ankle resulting for him to be examined in the locker room for the rest of the first half.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden had a bad start after having four fouls and only four points early in the game. The Warriors established a 27-point lead at the end of the first half.
In the second half, James Harden tried to help the Rockets by narrowing the lead down to 16 at the end of the third quarter. However, Harden’s 17 points and Dwight Howard’s double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds were not enough to overturn the outcome of the game.
The Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who seemed to be hurt due to ankle injury, only played for three minutes in the second half and decided to seat for the rest of the game. His absence didn’t seem to have an effect in the Warriors’ performance ending the game with a 26-point win over the Rockets.
Draymond Green established a double-double, having 12 points and 10 rebounds. Klay Thompson, who performed 4-of-14 from the shooting range, scored 16 points and an off the bench scoring from Marreese Speights, who had 12 points.
According to a report in Yahoo Sports, Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry’s availability for the next game against the Houston Rockets is still questionable.
Here are some of the highlights in the game 1 between Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets:
The Golden State Warriors will face again the Houston Rockets on Monday at the Oracle Arena in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
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