The Golden State Warriors pushed the Houston Rockets to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 115-80 victory on Saturday night (Sunday morning in the Philippines) to take a commanding 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Stephen Curry finished with 40 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field and 7-for-9 from 3-point range with five rebounds and seven assists. Teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 17 points each.
The Season 2014-15 MVP also broke Reggie Miller's playoff record of made three-pointers.
Miller's record has been standing since the 2000 NBA playoffs when he hit 58 three-pointers in 22 games. It only took Curry 13 games to set the new playoff record for most 3-pointers.
Curry entered the game needing two three-pointers to break the record, which occurred with a second-quarter shot from the top of the key with 4:32 remaining.
In other highlights, Curry outrebounded Dwight Howard in one play. Using some muscle, Curry sealed Howard with a perfect box out to grab an offensive rebound. Howard, a 6’11” center, is averaging 14 rebounds a game in the playoffs. Curry, a 6' 3" guard, is averaging five rebounds a game in the playoffs.
James Harden, who scored 17 points on 3-of-16 shooting from the field, led the Rockets. Howard finished with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Rockets will still host Game 4 on Monday night (Tuesday morning in the Philippines) looking to avert a sweep.