But Golden State's defence finally got to grips with the Most Valuable Player candidate, limiting him to only 10 points in a second half in which the Warriors outscored the Rockets 64-25.
McCaw, who sustained a lumbar spine contusion on a scary fall in Golden State's March 31 win over the Kings and momentarily lost feeling in his legs, was slated to be re-evaluated by a specialist on May 31. However, his rehab progressed ahead of schedule.
"We have an opportunity to re-establish ourselves at home, get a big win, keep ourselves alive, and then roll the dice into Game 7", Curry said. The defending champions trail Houston three games to two after consecutive wins by the Rockets. Unfortunately, for as good as he was in the first half, he was shut down in the second, but so were all the Rockets not named James Harden.
"I thought Klay was awesome tonight, not just the 35 points and the nine threes but his defense", Kerr said.
Now, is Durant the sole reason why the Warriors find themselves down 3-2? Of course not; Curry deserves a great deal of blame, as do Thompson and Green.
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"I guess you could say I was born for it. Man, that felt good", Thompson said. They went on to win Game 7 before falling to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals. Going into this year's Western Conference Finals, they knew they were getting just that and then some. Kyle Korver needs to find space and knock down threes, the good J.R. Smith needs to show up (that version of him missed a lot of time this series, he's been awful for several games), and Tristan Thompson needs to get some offensive rebounds.
The teams meet one final time in Houston on Tuesday (NZ time), with the victor advancing to the NBA Finals to face either the Boston Celtics or Cleveland Cavaliers, who play their Game 7 in Boston on Monday.
Still, the Rockets are outshooting the Warriors at halftime, hitting 50 percent overall and from 3.
So far in this series, the Rockets have had a response every time Golden State has swung a big punch. It's a major blow for a team which is looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in more than two decades. Kevon Looney has started for Iguodala in all three games. If he can not come up big and get Golden State back to the NBA Finals, the critics will only grow louder for Durant.
"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said. He dominates in isolation, can pull-up from beyond the arc, finish at the rim, and has become an elite defender over the last few years. The first half looked like "die" with the Rockets leading the Warriors. He started slow, shooting 1-of-6, and finished just 6-of-17 with a quiet 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Golden State won by a final score of 115-86, allowing just nine points in the fourth quarter.
That would be quite staining, no?