Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry's finger is ailing, but he's surely feeling good right now.

Curry scored all 33 of his points in the second half, leading the Warriors to a thrilling 118-113 win that eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the second-round playoff series and advanced Golden State to the Western Conference finals.

Twenty-three of Curry's points came in the highest-scoring fourth quarter of his decorated career.

It worked to the Warriors' advantage to close out the series as quickly as possible, but that point was reinforced after Curry appeared to aggravate the finger injury on his left hand when Rockets forward PJ Tucker made contact with it on the Golden State star's 3-point follow-through late in the fourth quarter.

In finishing the series in six games, the Warriors did themselves and Curry a favor, in that they'll now have some additional time to recuperate before Game 1 of the conference finals, which begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT. In the meantime, Golden State will await its next foe, which will be the eventual victor of the second-round series between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, currently tied at three games apiece.

The winner-take-all Game 7 between Denver and Portland takes place Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT.