Curry led the scoring for the reigning National Basketball Association champion Warriors in a 113-104 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Oakland, sealing the best-of-seven series 4-1.
See some of the reaction to the Rockets' win and their match-up hading into the next round.
Some fun at the Jazz's expense.
The point guard had made four trips to the second round of the playoffs prior to this season, once with the New Orleans Hornets and three times with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, Mitchell passed his inaugural charter with flying colors, playing a pivotal role for a surprising Jazz squad that made it to the second round before the Houston Rockets eliminated them. Perfect. But we're not running around talking about, 'Man, we want them bad.' Nah, we want a championship bad.
After struggling in a loss in Game 1 versus the Rockets, Kobe Bryant suggested Mitchell study the tape of Wade's epic 2006 NBA Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks as a reference point. Also, the Warriors have the defense to topple the stars of the Rockets. James Harden chipped in 22 points and eight assists. Obviously, you want to build your team to beat the defending champs because that's usually how you have to go to win a championship.
The Dubs and Rockets were the top two teams on offense in the regular season, as well as in offensive efficiency.
'It feels like he's back' "But our guys have reached the conference finals four years in a row now so they should be really proud of themselves". So the Houston Rockets will face off with a team they know all too well. "We're not going to sleep on the Pelicans just because the chatter is about the Western Finals".
Paul is the first player to have 40 points, 10 assists, and zero turnovers in a playoff game since turnovers became an official stat in 1977-78.
This isn't to knock Simmons, who is a fantastic young player in his own right. Hopefully their plan works better than the Toronto Raptors who just got swept by LeBron and the Cavaliers even though they spent the last three years preparing for that matchup. Harden has become almost impossible to stop one-on-one, and that's opened up the court for Houston's shooters to get plenty of open looks each game. The Warriors have averaged 113.1 points per game in the regular season and playoffs combined, while the Rockets averaged 112.1.
"You can't believe the hype", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said beforehand. Game 1 is set for Monday at the Toyota Center, marking the first time the two teams have faced since January 20 in Oakland.
After nine games in the playoffs, Green is now leading this team in a slew of what are known as "Hustle Stats" meant to measure, as the name would seem to indicate, the hustle of players.