Curry sparks Warriors to Game One victory over Houston

Stephen Curry won his personal duel with James Harden as the Golden State Warriors overcame an early deficit and survived a late scare to edge the Houston Rockets 110-106 in Game One of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Curry poured in 34 points, six rebounds and five assists and added key buckets in the closing stages to give the top-seeded Warriors a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series in front of a raucous home crowd.
and”Itand’s entertaining basketball. Weand’re both supposed to help our team win and impact the game,and” Curry told reporters. and”Thereand’s going to be stretches where [we both play well]. He made some crazy plays.and”
The Golden State fans were nervous early, however, when their team fell 16 points behind in the second quarter but the Warriors responded with a 16-2 run to seize control by halftime.
Harden, who finished runner-up to Curry for the regular season MVP award, nearly delivered a triple-double with 28 points 11 rebounds and nine assists, and caught fire in the second half to rally the Rockets.
Houston have already proven capable of comebacks in overcoming a 3-1 deficit to oust the Los Angeles Clippers in the last round and used a late 7-0 run to pull within 108-106 with 14 seconds remaining.
Curry, however, settled the nerves by making two free throws to seal things for Golden State, who got 18 points off the bench from Shaun Livingston.
and”Game One slipped away from us,and” Harden said after Trevor Ariza scored 20 points and Josh Smith added 17 and seven rebounds for the Rockets.
and”We had several opportunities to win the game.
and”We have to look at the film and correct things and be better in Game Two.and”
Houston center Dwight Howard suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, returned for a while but left for good in the fourth and they will need his inside presence as the series progresses.
and”Heand’s our top rebounder and protects the paint,and” Houston coach Kevin McHale said of Howard. and”Hopefully heand’ll be better.and”

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman