It wasn't my night - Curry reflects on Game 3 woes as Rockets stay in touch
Stephen Curry readily admitted it was not his night as the Golden State Warriors were pegged back by the Houston Rockets in the NBA playoffs on Saturday.
The Warriors star went just 7-for-23 shooting as the Rockets prevailed 126-121 in overtime to cut the defending champions' lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference semi-final series.
And Curry, a three-time NBA champion over the past four years, conceded he was well below his usual best after an outing that delivered 17 points, three rebounds and four assists.
The nadir for Curry came with less than 20 seconds left of overtime when, all alone, he missed a simple dunk – much to the delight of the home faithful at Toyota Center.
"It just wasn't my night," Curry said. "That [missed dunk] was pretty self-explanatory right there."
When asked why he opted against a lay-up, Curry replied: "Because I was feeling pretty good. I had a nice head of steam and probably a little bit of frustration too around how the rest of the night went, but not my finest moment."
Curry dislocated his finger in Game 2 but swiftly returned, and he did not want to make excuses for any misses in Game 3.
"I just got to make those," he added. "I'm out there playing. Got to produce, and it just didn't happen tonight."
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"We know what Steph is capable of," said team-mate Draymond Green. "You grow to expect that. You don't really expect to have a guy to have an off night like he did.
"Nonetheless, we need Steph to continue to be Steph. Continue to shoot the basketball, no matter if he's struggling or not.
"When he's on the floor, he opens a lot of things for everybody else. Still have an impact that way. We know his shots will start falling."
And Andre Iguodala echoed the sentiments of Green.
"We're all human," he said. "We all will have situations that normally don't happen to us, so not worried about that at all. He's fine.
"He'll continue to draw that much attention and continue to make amazing plays. And like I said, we're all human, we all make mistakes."