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Rockets surging as scuffling Warriors come to town

16 March 2019

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the National Football League since 2006.

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson scored 30 points (12-of-23 field goals, 1-of-1 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 5 3-pointers in 35.7 minutes of a 106-104 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. "Yeah. Nah, it's all right, man".

"It's alright, we lost, we know we did". I thought we used him better tonight.

Warriors had a road game against the Houston Rockets team that had twice earlier this season beaten the Warriors with one of their superstars missing and came into the game with the hottest streak in the National Basketball Association with 9 consecutive wins on the trot.

We'll see if the comments Green made during his postgame media session will spark any animosity from Houston for the next meeting.

"We'll look at film, try to get better and move on. It's just building that consistency, and he's done an wonderful job of that, and it's only gonna get better for us". It'll get their attention. Sometimes at home we kind of just relax and think "oh we're gonna win". DeMarcus Cousins had a season-high 27 followed by Steph Curry with 24 points.

Houston (42-26) trailed by 13 points with 4:52 left before storming back with a 14-2 run.

He came into Wednesday having scored 39 and 28 points, respectively, in his last two games, and kept the heat check going on Wednesday. "We're a lot smaller than previous year - we're a different team - but we match up well with them". The Warriors have one of the best moving offenses, especially when they play without one of their superstars.

Harden sank the first to create the final margin but missed the second only to have Iguodala chase down the rebound and tap the ball to unguarded Thompson, who tossed it in the air as the final horn sounded.

When Cousins settled for a one-year deal with Golden State, a lot of folks figured he could be a solution to the Rockets' switch-intensive defensive scheme that often baited the Warriors into relying on isolation instead of their typically attractive ball movement.

DeMarcus Cousins stepped up in Durant's absence, scoring 27 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

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.

Thompson's rookie season is the only one in which he didn't make 200 or more 3-pointers.

"We didn't learn nothing that we didn't already know", guard Chris Paul said after the Rockets' nine-game winning streak was snapped and any realistic hope of catching the Warriors for the West's top seed was extinguished. The two-time defending champions hold the best record in the Western Conference and now sit in the coveted #1 seed in the playoffs. However, the team does average a league-high 29.1 per game and struggled against a formidable Houston defense. They just did a good job, a little bit better than us.

Rockets surging as scuffling Warriors come to town