NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry delivered a dazzling 40-point display on Saturday as the Golden State Warriors beat Houston 115-80 to push the Rockets to the brink of elimination in the Western Conference finals.
The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series three-games-to-zero, and can book their first trip to the NBA finals since 1975 with a win in game four in Houston on Monday.
The Rockets will fight for their playoff lives knowing that no NBA team has come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game series.
Curry connected on 12 of 19 shots from the field, including seven of nine from three-point range.
He scored 19 points in the third quarter, when he was a perfect four-for-four from three-point range.
His stellar shooting helped stem a Rockets rally. They had eaten into a 25-point halftime deficit with a 7-1 scoring run to open the third period.
Curry, who broke his 2013 record for the most three-pointers made in a regular season with 286, has now drained the most long-range shots in a single post-season with 64 -- surging past the previous record of 58 set by Reggie Miller in 2000.