“I blacked out.”
That was what Stephen Curry said happened in the third quarter of Game 3 Sunday night as the two-time NBA MVP went off for 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting. Midway through the quarter, on a drive to the basket, Curry scored a layup, stopped for a moment, looked up at the crowd and said, “This is my f—— house!”
Curry finished the game with his best performance of the playoffs, scoring 35 points with five 3-pointers. But after the game, he said his mother, Sonya Curry, reached out to commend his play on the court but to also make sure he knew she wasn’t happy with the language he was using.
“She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back,” Curry told ESPN. “She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It’s a message I’ve heard before. She’s right. I gotta do better. I can’t talk like that.”
The 30-year-old Warriors guard has struggled recently in his return from injury, scoring just 18 and 16 points, respectively, in the first two games of the Western Conference Finals. But on Sunday night, he broke out in a big way as he looks to lead his team to a fourth straight NBA Finals.
“No matter what questions I was being asked over the first two games or what the expectations was, I had the highest expectations for myself,” Curry said after the game. “And you’ve just got to — find whatever you want to get going. I mean, obviously, it felt good, and you want to use that energy to show your teammates that you’re here, you’re with them, get the crowd into it. But it’s one game, and you’ve got to have that same type of energy and intentions and focus the next game and the right approach. So, I did my job tonight. I’ve got to do it again.”
Curry and the Warriors host Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Rockets Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.
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