The Golden State Warriors defeated Houston Rockets for the first time this season, and they did it in the best possible moment.
The reigning champions were better than their rivals in Texas 106-104, after an intense battle full of comebacks and pushes.
Throughout the whole game, the scenario was for the Golden State to create a lead, and then for the hosts to surge back and try to reach it. We witnessed several situations like this. GSW creates a double-digit advantage, while Harden and the boys chase it.
That was the situation in the last period for example. The Rockets couldn’t score for more than four minutes of the late third and the early fourth period. That eventually allowed the Warriors to have a 14-point lead with 10:16 to go.
Klay Thompson made a jumper from the close range, to lift the Warriors to 104-94 with 3:07 before the end. Houston then created a 9-0 run, coming down to only one point, with 10.8 seconds left.
Steph Curry hit both of his free throws, while on the other side, Harden used only one of his two. Warriors’ defensive rebound clinched the game in Toyota Center, and the champs improved their bad run recently in which they won just four of the latest 10 games.
The guests were without Kevin Durant, who has a sprained ankle, and will be off the court in the next few days.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points, hitting 5 threes, and becoming the second player in the history with seven straight seasons with 200+ three-pointers.
DeMarcus Cousins had 27, with 8 boards and 7 dimes, shooting 11 of 16 from the field, while Steph Curry added 24 points.
Warriors had domination on the glass, picking up 44 boards compared to only 31 of the home team.
James Harden delivered 29 points, shooting only 2 of 12 behind the arc. Along with that, the Beard had 10 assists.
Chris Paul scored 24, and Eric Gordon had 17. The Rockets were 26.7% from downtown, 11 of 41.
They will have a chance to bounce back pretty soon. The Phoenix Suns are coming to town this Friday.
Meanwhile, GSW has another tough game, only this time in Oklahoma City versus the Thunder who is chasing that third spot along with Houston and Portland.
It will be their second of four straight on the road.