Warriors lose Stephen Curry but beat Rockets to take 3-1 series lead

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The Warriors got a 121-94 win on Sunday to take a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

But they have much bigger things to worry about now. As the halftime buzzer sounded in Houston, Stephen Curry—back for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in Game 1—slipped on the floor and sprained his right knee. He did not play in the second half, and his status beyond that is unknown.

In the first half, the Rockets outhustled the Warriors on both ends of the floor and ended the half in a tie, although their strong play was overshadowed by the Curry injury. The Rockets, though, completely folded in the second half and gave up 41 points to the Warriors while scoring just 20 themselves.

With Curry out, Klay Thompson led the way with 23 points, while Andre Iguodala added 22 off the bench.

While there’s no concrete information about the plan for Curry, it would be a shock if he played the rest of the way in the series against Houston. The Warriors were cautious with his ankle injury in Games 2 and 3, and with a 3-1 series lead over Houston heading back to Oracle Arena, they can even afford to drop another game without Curry and still be in control of the series. They’ll face the winner of the Blazers-Clippers series in the next round, and either one of those teams could be a tough matchup for them without him.