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Durant takes full responsibility for Warriors' bad start in Game 2 loss

Durant takes full responsibility for Warriors' bad start in Game 2 loss

HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant, whose titanic offense has kept the Warriors afloat for much of this postseason, was no mood for praise late Wednesday night despite scoring 38 points.

And his aversion to compliments was not only because the Warriors had taken a 127-105 loss to Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

No, Durant took a very long finger and turned it upon himself.

“I started the game off with a turnover,” he said.

“I got that and a foul, so I got Trevor Ariza going and their crowd going. I take full responsibility for the start of the game. After that, it was just contagious. My teammates kind of followed my lead. I can't start the game off like that.”

Indeed, the Warriors invited the Rockets to take an early lead, get comfortable with it in the second half and maintain until they evened the series at 1-1. Beginning with Durant losing the ball 52 seconds after tipoff, the Warriors committed five turnovers in the first five minutes, seven in the first quarter.

So Durant’s assessment is on target, to a point.

The other four quick turnovers were spread out among three teammates, one for Andre Iguodala, one for Stephen Curry and two for Draymond Green. The Warriors got to seven when Iguodala committed another later in the quarter, which was followed by one by Kevon Looney.

It was, to be sure, a festival of turnovers that separated the teams, and Durant’s first-quarter miscue wasn’t exactly the tipping point.

“A couple of them we just kind of threw the ball to them, and you can't do that. Now, all of a sudden, Ariza gets a layup, (PJ) Tucker gets an easy shot and now they're feeling good and it changes the whole game.”

Turnovers are a problem that periodically plagues the Warriors. The potential for them is always nearby, lurking in the wings, waiting the sabotage their best intentions. They committed 15, leading to 15 Houston points.

More acutely, the Warriors committed 11 in the first half, gifting the Rockets 13 points.

“We've got to correct it, because this is an every possession game,” Durant said. “We've got to be locked in every possession against these guys.”

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Oakland -- Sunday, May 20th at 5pm
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

Draymond breaks down Curry's performance, 'that's what makes him more than anything'

Draymond breaks down Curry's performance, 'that's what makes him more than anything'

Draymond Green was not too impressed with Steph Curry's Game 3 outburst.

And that's not in reference to his "this is my fu**ing house" declaration in the third quarter.

"I think he had a great quarter, but I don't mean to disappoint -- but I've seen crazier from him (laughing)," Draymond told reporters. "But it was good to see."

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast: 'This is my fu**ing house' -- Curry explodes in Game 3]

In the first half, Curry scored just nine points and went 1-for-7 from deep.

In the second half, the two-time MVP exploded for 26 points and went 4-for-5 from 3-point territory.

Draymond knows why Curry is able to break out like he did in the third quarter.

"Very mentally tough. I think that's what makes him more than anything," the reigning Defensive Player of the Year said. "His physical toughenss is definitely underrated. He's one of the most competitive people I've ever been around. But his mental toughness -- you can't be that great of a scorer or great of a shooter without mental toughness because you're always going to face obstacles when it comes to shooting.

"Next shot mentality and that was big tonight ... that's something that's kind of been the key to his career -- his mental toughness. He didn't come in with everybody saying, 'Steph Curry would be who he is today.'

"Everybody questioned who he'd be, so that's one of his strengths for sure."

[RELATED: Sonya Curry scolds Steph, tells him 'to wash my mouth out' with soap]

Steve Kerr was also asked about Curry's toughness.

"Steph is underrated for the toughness factor," Kerr explained. "You don't become a two-time MVP just by shooting a bunch of 3s. He's got unbelievable stamina and physical toughness. Mental toughness -- you know, for four days everybody's been talking about him. What he did tonight didn't surprise any of us because that's just who he is.

"He's got unbelievable character and great talent and it always rises when it needs to."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Sonya Curry scolds Steph, tells him 'to wash my mouth out' with soap

Sonya Curry scolds Steph, tells him 'to wash my mouth out' with soap

Most people watching Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals will remember it as Steph Curry's 'This is my f---ing house' Game.

Curry put on a show Sunday night, and during a jawdropping third quarter, he put the moves on Trevor Ariza, drove around the Rockets forward and finished with a teardrop layup over Luc Mbah a Moute.

Curry's reaction after making the shot went viral. After he landed, he looked to the raucous Oracle crowd and let out that profanity-laced phrase.

While most that were watching loved the scene, Steph's mom Sonya was not pleased with her son.

"She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back. 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," Curry told ESPN after the game. "She's right. I gotta do better. I can't talk like that."

When asked about what happened during that moment, Curry had a simple explanation:

"I blacked out," Curry told the media at Oracle.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm