The Golden State Warriors continued their tough stretch of games by taking a trip to Houston on Friday night where they defeated the Rockets 125-108.
Both teams started fast and played efficient basketball which led to a close first quarter score of 31-29 Warriors lead. In the second quarter, the Rockets began to get frustrated from turning the ball over so much and let the big 3 get into a rhythm. Durant, Curry, and Thompson combined for 41 points at halftime as they held a 62-57 lead.
The Rockets definitely struggled with ball handling but their biggest problem was their 3-point shooting. In the first half, Houston shot a putrid 22% from three and turned the ball over 9 times which gave Golden State more than enough opportunities to take advantage of. Harden led the Rockets with 15 points but Sam Decker brought some fire off the bench and provided 12 points.
Things only got worse for the Rockets in the third quarter, a lot worse as the Warriors upped their lead to as much as 20 points. The three point shots were falling for Golden State while Houston continued to struggle from long-range. By the time the third quarter was over the Rockets had dug themselves a huge hole and were down 99-79 heading into the final quarter.
Surprisingly enough, Houston’s three-point shooting percentage got even worse and by then end of the quarter was down to 14%, including 0-6 from Eric Gordon and 0-5 from James Harden. Golden State never slowed down in the fourth either; they continued their high-energy play and maintained their comfortable lead to end the game with a 125-108 score.
Kevin Durant led the team tonight with 32 points and 7 assists but he didn’t do it alone as each starter was in double figures. Pachulia had 10 points and 9 rebounds, Curry ended with 24 points and 7 assists, Green had 15 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds, and Thompson finished with 16 points. The Warriors are finally starting to show the league what they look like firing on all cylinders and it’s definitely scary to see them dismantle a team of the Rockets caliber.
Golden State somehow managed to hold James Harden to 2 points in the entire second half and are now one of the only teams to slow him down. The Warriors continue their road trip with a game in Orlando on Sunday afternoon while the Rockets get right back into action tomorrow night as they head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.