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Max Bretos @mbretosESPN

Everyone in that arena knows that Golden State is gonna make a run... or two. Rockets would love a 35 second shot clock right now. #GSvsHOU

Harden cooking already

Has James Harden freed himself of the Based God curse? He scored 10 points in the first quarter, as the Rockets went 8-for-9 from 3-point range.

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Warriors seeing Rockets' red glare

You'd be hard-pressed to match what the Rockets did in the first quarter in rookie mode on a video game. Houston matched an NBA shot-clock-era record with 45 points in the first quarter, shooting 77% from the field. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Warriors, we have a problem

And his name is Josh Smith. The Rockets forward is 5-for-5 from the field and has 13 points already. Houston leads Golden State 37-22 late in the first quarter.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

The Rockets are paying Josh Smith $2M for this season. The Pistons will pay him a total of $36 million to NOT PLAY thru 2020.

Because he's so Smoove

Josh Smith is a career 25% shooter from 3-point range in the playoffs and has never made more than four in a game. So of course he already has three 3-pointers in the first quarter, helping the Rockets take a 14-point lead early on ESPN.

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Smith makes Van Gundy a believer

Jeff Van Gundy said of an NBA team coming back from a 3-0 deficit, "I don't think it'll ever happen." Then Josh Smith knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game, leading JVG to say, "If he makes those shots, it WILL happen." Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Calvin Watkins @calvinwatkins

Warriors 0-4 to start the game and Rockets are 4-7. This nine-point edge is the Rockets largest first quarter lead of the series.

Rockets rock Warriors early

Looking to force a Game 5, Houston opened the game on a 9-0 run, forcing an early Golden State timeout. The Rockets are 3-0 when facing elimination this postseason. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Steph's 3's vs. Dwight's frees

Somehow, Steph Curry is shooting better on 3-pointers than Dwight Howard is on free throws this postseason. Perhaps that is contributing to Golden State's 3-0 series advantage. (via @TommyBeer)

Warriors look to finish sweep

Golden State hasn't been to the Finals since 1975. Houston is looking to prevent a return trip, but the Rockets will have to do something no team has ever done: Overcome a 3-0 deficit. Watch Game 4 on ESPN/WatchESPN

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No Golden State player has been to Finals

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN/WatchESPN), the Warriors will attempt to advance to the Finals. The last team to win the NBA title without a player with any prior Finals experience was the Chicago Bulls in '90-91. (via Elias)

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