Kevin Durant missed Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals due to a calf strain suffered in Game 5. In his stead, all eyes turned to Steph Curry to take over for the Warriors. And after what was an incredibly miserable first half that saw the star point guard score ZERO points, he bounced back for an emphatic second half.
Curry finished the game with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while knocking down 4-of-11 3-pointers and all 11 of his free throw attempts. He was unstoppable late in the game, even after injuring his finger he continued to dice up the Rockets' defense.
Curry was not going to allow a Game 7, and put an end to Houston's NBA Finals dreams with his heroic late performance. After his goose egg in the first half, Houston was feeling confident, but upon entering the game in the second half, Curry quickly erased the Rockets' poise.
Not only did Curry take over the second half, but he proved to the rest of the NBA that Durant's injury won't cripple the Warriors. Let's not forget that this is the same core, excluding KD, that won an NBA Finals back in 2015. With Durant out, Golden State can still easily look to its other three All-Stars, and that's exactly what happened Friday night.
Steph Curry: 23pts in 4Q on road with Houston fighting for life & legacies. What a legacy boosting performance.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) May 11, 2019
The rest of the league should be put on notice, as clearly the Warriors are still the best team in the NBA, with or without No. 35. This was Houston's best shot at taking down their rivals, and they failed to do so on their home floor.