Rockets surging as scuffling Warriors come to town

Annette Crawford
March 14, 2019

If the Warriors had lost to the Houston Rockets tonight, it would have marked the first sweep for the Warriors since the 2013-14 season, when the San Antonio Spurs swept the Warriors in their season series.

Curry, 31, was also in form as the Warriors ended the Rockets' nine-game winning streak, contributing 24 points, five assists and four rebounds. "When it comes to smaller guards, I think I can guard them better than anyone in the league".

Next up for the Warriors is a road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, whereas the Rockets host the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

"To be that big and strong, to have the ability to hit you out of the shooting pocket, it's incredible", Klay Thompson said about Cousins after the game. "We had to throw it to "Boogie" (Collins) in the post and he came through for us in a big way. Tonight was definitely a good learning lesson for us, and we will definitely learn from it".

Cousins, signed as an injured free agent in July, has had to blend with the Warriors powerhouse lineup since returning in January from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

But the version of Cousins that showed up to the Toyota Center on Wednesday is capable of altering the dynamic of a playoff series, particularly against the undersized Rockets.

But Curry sank two free throws with eight seconds left and, after James Harden missed the second of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, Andre Iguodala tracked down the loose ball in the backcourt for Golden State to seal the victory.

"We made a concerted effort to feed him in the post", Curry said.

National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden netted 29 points and added 10 assists to lead the Rockets (42-26), who also got 24 points from Chris Paul and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.

Harden said he expected Golden State to be aggressive on the court as they were without last year's NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant in Texas. The Rockets made things interesting by going on a 13-4 run to close the game - with Eric Gordon and Chris Paul doing the heavy lifting - but it ultimately wasn't enough. "We've got 15 games left for us to figure out the combinations".

No regular-season game means all that much for a couple of rivals that played seven games in the Western Conference finals last season. "This was a good night". "I knew I needed to pick it up in the second half".

Paul finished with 24 points and was instrumental in engineering the rally down the stretch of the second quarter.

Bradley Beal scored 23 points and Thomas Bryant came off the bench to add 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat visiting Orlando 100-90.

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