Stephen Curry came out with a bang versus the Houston Rockets.

Although Curry was ridiculed for calling this game a “statement game” versus the Rockets, he’s played every bit like it, scoring 13 points in the opening quarter while helping the Golden State Warriors race out to a 33-23 lead at the end of the opening period.

After Curry had referred to this game as a “statement” game, Clint Capela and Mike D’Antoni ridiculed the two-time MVP for such comments. This is what the Rockets center had to say regarding Curry’s value on this game.

“Maybe they’re in that situation where they need to (call it a statement game) to prove themselves that they are at that level.

Maybe for them, but I mean for us the last game is to build for the playoffs, so we want to keep our defense consistent and get better.”

And this is what the Houston head coach had to say following the Warriors’ loss to the worst team in the Western Conference, the 16-52 Phoenix Suns.

“On the Warriors calling Wednesday’s a statement game, Mike D’Antoni said they should’ve made that statement before losing to the Suns yesterday.”

With Kevin Durant missing from this game, Curry will have to continue to step up if the Warriors are to win their first game over the Rockets during this regular season. Golden State has lost all three of their previous meetings versus Houston this year, including two of the three regular season meetings last year.

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