Golden State Warriors hang on for a win in Houston
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The Warriors have been having a disappointing season while still maintaining the top seed in the crowded Western Conference. Wednesday’s 106-104 win will be a huge boost for Golden State. Playing without Kevin Durant, who is nursing an ankle injury, the Dubs put together a complete performance and held on in the end in the opener of a four-game road trip.
The Warriors averted a four-game season-series sweep by the Rockets. All the while breaking the Rockets nine-game winning streak. DeMarcus Cousins had a big night posting season highs in points,27, and assist, seven, to help the Warriors get their win.
Houston rallied down the stretch, getting within one point on a 13-2 run with just over 10 seconds left in the game. Stephen Curry made a pair of free throws to push the lead back to three, then the Dubs fouled James Harden on the other end of the floor to prevent a potential game-tying three-point attempt. Harden would make his first free throw and miss the second. Andre Iguodala, starting in place of Durant (sprained right ankle), wound up with the loose ball and time expired on the Dubs’ first win over Houston in four tries this season.
“When you go through the difficulty, it makes things that much sweeter in the end,” Warriors coach Kerr said. “And so it’s not just the idea of getting a ring, hanging a banner. It’s the memory of all that went into it. You put a lot of effort in to achieve that. And it’s a lot more than a ring or a banner signifies. It’s what you know you had to endure.”
James Harden paired 29 points with 10 assists but continued his recent struggles from deep, missing 10 of 12 3-point attempts. Clint Capela posted 13 points and 13 rebounds but struggled to defend Cousins on the block. Eric Gordon added 17 points for the Rockets.
Wednesday night’s scores
Golden State Warriors 106-104 Houston Rockets
Brooklyn Nets 96-108 Oklahoma City Thunder
Utah Jazz 114-97 Phoenix Suns
Detroit Pistons 74-108 Miami Heat
Orlando Magic 90-100 Washington Wizards
Memphis Grizzlies 111-132 Atlanta Hawk