Warriors snap Houston's nine-game streak

16 March, 2019, 14:14 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Steph Curry Klay Thompson are the only two players in NBA history to do this

Klay Thompson led the way with 30 points after going 5-10 from three-point range.

Heading into this battle at the Toyota Center, the Warriors had every reason to take the L. Having lost four of their last six games, they were without Kevin Durant and were up against a red-hot Rockets squad that had won its previous nine contests heading into this nationally televised battle between the two reigning Western Conference Finals participants. It seems point guard Chris Paul has an idea of what the Rockets need to do next time to overcome the Warriors.

Cousins posted season-highs in points (27) and assists (seven) to help the Warriors avert a four-game, season-series sweep by the Rockets. Clint Capela posted a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) but struggled to defend Cousins on the block. The two-time defending champions hold the best record in the Western Conference and now sit in the coveted #1 seed in the playoffs.

But the Warriors, a Western Conference-best 46-21, bounced back behind 3-point sharpshooter Thompson, who hit 12-of-23 from the floor including 5-of-10 from beyond the arc.

He finished the night with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Nor was DeMarcus Cousins available for the Warriors' first two meetings against the Rockets this season, while he was still recovering from the torn Achilles tendon that made it possible for Golden State to add an All-Star big man for the taxpayer's exception.

"Mentally we had a couple of lapses early in the game, especially in the first and second quarter, that gave them some open looks and that was it".

"They have to", Gordon said. Even though the Nuggets have looked good in the regular season, they lack the postseason experience of older teams like the Thunder and Rockets.


"Klay [Thompson], Steph [Curry] and DeMarcus [Cousins] were going to be aggressive just because KD [Kevin Durant] was out", Harden said.

Thompson, Cousins and Curry (24 points) were the only Warriors to score in double figures. Despite that they managed to claw their way back into the game at the end, but it was too little, too late.

"We locked in and we got stops and we knew who we were guarding", he said. The idea of a possible end to their reign of terror has resurfaced, but it was the team's most recent victory over the Houston Rockets that helped reaffirm their all-time greatness in the face of adversity once again. "This was a good night".

"We fought the entire game, it's just you're playing against a good team like that [and] you've got to play hard and smart".

"And then he get thrusted into that team that's right in the middle of it. So.it's interesting".

"It was a good game for us, we didn't come out with the win but [it's a] learning experience".

A flawless example came in Houston's last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on February 23 that got the winning streak going.

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