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Houston Rockets Social Media Buzz: Finally A Win

Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends during the fourth quarter in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 97-96. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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SCS takes a look at the social media buzz between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors during Game 3.

Much like the previous game. As the Houston Rockets prepared for Thursday night’s match up, the trending topic heading into the contest was the status of Stephen Curry. After missing the last game due to a right ankle sprain. The Warriors decided to keep their MVP out another night.

Injury update: Stephen Curry (right ankle) will not play tonight at Houston

— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 22, 2016

Unlike like Monday’s announcement, most critics saw the perfect opportunity for the Rockets to gain their first victory of the series.

#NBA : #GoldenStateWarriors vs #HoustonRockets; Curry sitting, if Hou gets a win, it will be tonight. Houston ML +166 (1 unit only)

— CCEW Investing ™ (@ccewinvesting) April 22, 2016

Led by their All-Star duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. Houston came out with a different intensity than the previous two games. Although they had been irrelevant to Houston’s offense throughout the series. Some good home cooking was all Chef Harden and Superman needed.

Superman Takes Flight

With Steph Curry away, the Rockets will play https://t.co/DwzTce0YNA

— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) April 22, 2016

Is it Dwight Howard From 2009?

This Dwight block ☝️☝☝ https://t.co/CM40zxhXD0

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 22, 2016

Chef Harden Was Cooking!

JAMES HARDEN IS COOKIN'! #NBARapidReplay #WARRIORSvROCKETS https://t.co/8YlE57qLbY

— NBA (@NBA) April 22, 2016

With the contribution from Harden and Howard, the Rockets held a 17 point lead midway through the first half. Unfortunately, playing against the defending champs, Houston’s lead was never safe.

Without Stephen Curry, the Warriors ended the first half on a 9-0 run. Reducing the Rockets lead to seven right before the break. With Huston leading 55-48 at the half,  TNT analyst Charles Barkley had no faith in his former teams. Calling Houston’s first half performance “fake hustle.”

Chuck doesn't have faith in the Rockets… https://t.co/uFFshkbBj2

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 22, 2016

Although his statement seemed a bit erratic, Barkley was almost right. The Rockets led by 12 points in the third before Golden State’s 10-2 run cut their deficit to 78-72 heading into the fourth quarter.

What was crazy about the Warriors run was the player who killed the Rockets. Despite another solid shooting night for Klay ThompsonMarreese “Mo Buckets” Speights proved to be unstoppable for Houston. So much so, Rockets fans were caught off guard as well.

@clutchfans Him and JJ Reddick are actually the same person when facing the Rockets.

— Nathan (@NateNTheH) April 22, 2016

@clutchfans Kareem Abdul-Speights

— DurbinLC (@durbinLC) April 22, 2016

As the game went down to the wire, an untimely turnover from Trevor Ariza almost cost Houston the game. With Golden State up by one with 10 seconds remaining, Harden gave the Rockets his most clutch shot of the season.

Tough game-winner by @JHarden13! https://t.co/OJ8E45XWle

— NBA TV (@NBATV) April 22, 2016

After the shot, Twitter had a ball with the less-impressed Rockets bench.

The Rockets still aren’t impressed with James Harden’s game-winner from last night… https://t.co/yYU5U1QIBd

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 22, 2016

Clint Capela: "WE WON!!!"

Everyone else: "Oh good. 2 more days of work. Thanks Harden."

(Vine via @World_Wide_Wob)https://t.co/JM5srlmK11

— NOTSportsCenter™ (@NOTSportsCenter) April 22, 2016

When you realize you have to change your vacation plans. https://t.co/QWRP67EMmj

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 22, 2016

With the Rockets still trailing Golden State 2-1 in the series, the odds of them winning are still slim to none. Yet, for Rockets fans, perhaps Thursday’s night victory may have been the sweetest of the year.

Keep Calm and love the #Houston #Rockets Let's go #RedNation #ClutchCity pic.twitter.com/2pDtVO4l8J

— White Rob (@KungPowBitch) April 22, 2016

.@JHarden13 hits the game-winner as the @HoustonRockets take Game 3 from the @warriors! pic.twitter.com/BjWbErj2vs

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 22, 2016

Great win fellas! Now it’s time to even up the series Sunday afternoon!

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