Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors in a comeback win over the Houston Rockets as they returned to the NBA finals where they’ll be going up against Cleveland Cavaliers for a fourth straight season.
Centre Kevin Durant bagged 34 points on the night, Curry sparked another third-quarter turnaround after a 15-point deficit as the Warriors downed the Cavs 101-92 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.
James Harden had 32 points, but the top-seeded Rockets’ bid to return to the finals for the first time since 1995 fell short without Chris Paul, who was missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury.
Curry, who finished with 27 points, scored 14 of Golden State’s 33 points in the third quarter as Houston missed all 14 three-point attempts in that quarter as part of 27 misses from long range.
“This is a situation we’ve never been in before … to win a Game 7 on the road, keep our composure for the whole series,” Curry said after the game.
“All those hurdles and obstacles, we got over them, so it’s an unbelievable feeling, man. Winning a championship is hard, so this is a testament to that.”
The Warriors will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Thursday night in the fourth straight match-up between the teams.
Curry and the gang got the better of the Cavs in the 2015 and 2017 finals, while Cleveland won in 2016 after LeBron James inspired a comeback from 3-1 down.