The Golden State Warriors will face off against the Oklahoma City in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
With the Warriors’ 118-91 victory over the Thunder during Game 2 earlier this week, the series tied with each team having a victory. However, Game 3 will show which side of the Warriors vs Thunder will have the upper hand and overall advantage as the teams head toward Game 4 of the series.
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Therefore, the question that remains is: Will Stephen Curry lead the Golden State Warriors towards gaining that advantage?
If Curry is able to deliver a second helping of his impressive performance in Game 2, the Warriors may very well walk away with 2-1 series lead against the Thunder Sunday night.
Curry led his team with 28 points during Game 2, making 9 of his 15 shots from the floor. However, anyone that watched the game knew that Stephen Curry’s overall performance skyrocketed in the second half.
The Golden State Warriors were able to outscore the Oklahoma City Thunder 61-42 in the second half — allowing the team to secure a big win in the series. Most fans and critics would agree that Curry’s third quarter played an instrumental role in the Warriors’ success in the second half.
The 28-year-old two-time NBA MVP scored 17 points in the third quarter alone — a performance that undoubtedly shifted the game’s dynamic to the Warriors’ side of the court.
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According to ESPN, Kevin Durant was having a much better game than Stephen Curry right up until there were nearly seven minutes left in the third quarter. Near the beginning of the third quarter, Durant had 23 points added to his game stats from 13 shots in comparison to Curry’s 11 points on 9 shots. However, at the 7:10 mark of the same quarter, it was as if a switch turned on inside of Stephen Curry. Curry was able to outscore Kevin Durant within a span of only two minutes.
An open 3-point shot off of a screen was the first play of Stephen Curry’s third quarter hot streak against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant incurred a technical foul against Stephen Curry during a corner three-point shot, which led to a four-point play for Curry.
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Stephen managed to get another three-point shot added to his growing list after he got Serge Ibaka in the air with an epic pump-fake. To close out his hot streak, Curry scored on two more shots — one of which was a deep leaner thanks to a screen from Draymond Green.
Most Warriors fans are more than likely hoping for another Stephen Curry hot streak to secure a Game 3 win for the team Sunday night.
However, the Oklahoma City Thunder have an advantage that is widely-known for switching things — their home court. Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals will occur at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. This will mark the very first game in the series that the Thunder have been able to play on their home court.
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Even though the Golden State Warriors had home court advantage for both of the first two games of the series, they were only able to share one victory with their fans in Game 2. Quite a few fans more than likely left the Oracle Arena disappointed after the Thunder walked away with a 108-102 victory against the Warriors in Game 1.
You can watch the Golden State Warriors play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 Sunday online. Since the national broadcast of the game will air on TNT, you can watch TNT online or enjoy the Free TNT Overtime Stream. The Warriors vs Thunder Game 3 broadcast starts at 8 p.m. (Eastern) and 5 p.m. (Pacific) Sunday night.
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