2018 NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 3 score, series schedule, online stream, TV channel, bracket
Everything you need to know about the No. 1 vs. No. 2 playoff matchup in the Western Conference
A lot of people expected the Golden State Warriors to win Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who expected that they'd win by 41 points. It was an absolute blowout, as the Warriors took control with one of their patented third-quarter runs.
Stephen Curry broke out of his slump, scoring 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter alone. Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, as the Warriors won 126-85.
No. 1 Houston Rockets vs. No. 2 Golden State Warriors
How to watch Game 4
- Date: Tuesday, May 22
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
- TV: TNT
- Live stream: TNTdrama.com or TNT app
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Houston: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 |
- Game 2 in Houston: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 |
- Game 3 in Oakland: Warriors 126, Rockets 85
- Game 4 in Oakland: Tuesday, May 22, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 5 in Houston: Thursday, May 24, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 6* in Oakland: Saturday, May 26, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
- Game 7* in Houston: Monday, May 28, 9 p.m. ET (TNT)
* -- if necessary
Regular-season series: Houston, 2-1
Rockets win if ...
They keep on shooting like the best shooting team in the NBA and Harden plays like the best player in the series. The thing about playing the Warriors is that you have to work incredibly hard to keep pace with their scoring. The Rockets are perhaps the only team in the NBA legitimately equipped to do that. With Paul, Harden and Ariza, they have three guys that can shoot, alongside Paul's facilitation of the offense. They'll also need to temper the indeterminable impact of Green for the Warriors, who has spent a lot of time facilitating for Golden State this postseason, and do what the Pelicans couldn't and find a solution for Durant.
Warriors win if ...
They're able to flip home court early in this series. With 15 consecutive wins at Oracle, the Warriors' crowd has a way of making runs cascade. The Pelicans learned that first-hand. Golden State also needs to keep on dominating the third quarter. This team is the best third-quarter team in the NBA, and that needs to continue. The final key is to keep Harden off the line. Every team gets frustrated with Harden's free-throw attempt numbers, so the onus will be on Green and, to a lesser extent, Durant to limit him. Thompson keeping Harden on the perimeter will be a huge part of this series.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Warriors have a 66.7 percent chance of winning the series. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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