Houston Rockets edge past Warriors to level series

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PJ Tucker, who scored just one point in game one, scored 14 of his 22 points in the first half for Houston.

But since Curry has come back from his left knee injury at the beginning of the month, he hasn't been able to find his wand.

The Warriors really could have used that breakout on Wednesday.

In this picture, Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after they were defeated 127 to 105 by the Houston Rockets in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, May 16, 2018.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors looked nearly unbeatable in the series opener but maybe they were a little too confident because they didn't start Game 2 with the right level of urgency and it meant they were playing from behind the entire game.

The Warriors taking on the Rockets is a match up that has been discussed since October past year and it is fitting that the top two teams from the West have made it to the conference finals.

Houston connected on three-of-10 from three-point range in the first period while the Warriors were zero-for-seven and coughed up seven turnovers.

But no one else was able to strike.

Curry wasn't the only Warrior who failed to perform Wednesday, but his lacklustre performance is the most noteworthy. Up 26-21 after one quarter, the Rockets wouldn't trail from there.

It wasn't the best night for Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors.

"I never worry about my offense ... it's all on defense", Tucker said.

Curry deserved plaudits for the little things he did in Game 1, but the time for little things is over for Curry. The Warriors cut it to 74-64 with five quick points from Durant, but the Rockets opened it back up to 89-72 when Gordon made an off-balance layup before crashing to the court while being fouled and made the free throw.

Curry had nothing but praise for Durant. The Rockets moved with objective, if not more pace.

The Golden State Warriors point guard suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee early in March and only returned in Game 2 of their Western Conference semi-finals win over the New Orleans Pelicans. "It's something that you can't shake off because of how recent the injury was".

There's simply no evidence that it's hindering the Warriors' guard is still hindered physically. Curry had five points in that span, including his first 3 after missing his first six attempts of the night.

"I don't want to be cantankerous", D'Antoni said. "I didn't find a rhythm early. Had some decent looks from 3 that could have changed the momentum of the game, but for the most part, it was just a frustrating night all the way around".

Houston repeatedly targeted Stephen Curry with ball screens to force isolations with James Harden and Chris Paul. Some games you're going to get punched in the face.

Not bad, but hardly great.

"Defensively we were more aggressive".

Curry looked to be getting his groove back after impressing upon his comeback, but he has not had the same impact in the first two games against the Rockets.

"That was the difference between game 1 and 2", Curry said. "We were a step slow, myself included". "That's a tough environment to play in there".

The Warriors can't afford for him not to. "But it's just one of those nights".

Now it's time for Curry to follow suit.

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