Golden State-Houston Recap: Warriors Bring Rockets Win Streak To An End

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Golden State was led by Klay Thompson's 30 points on 5-for-10 3-point shooting, and received a huge game from DeMarcus Counsins, who finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes.

Klay Thompson (30 points) and Stephen Curry (24 points) handled things seamlessly in the backcourt with a combined 8-of-19 mark from three-point range.

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National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden netted 29 points and added 10 assists to lead the Rockets (42-26), who also got 24 points from Chris Paul and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.

Thompson entered Wednesday's game averaging 22.4 points per game on the season, the highest rate of his career.

"That's the goal", coach Steve Kerr said following Friday's practice at the University of Houston.

If the Warriors had lost to the Houston Rockets tonight, it would have marked the first sweep for the Warriors since the 2013-14 season, when the San Antonio Spurs swept the Warriors in their season series. Eric Gordon added 17 points while the Houston bench, which played a significant role in a victory over Charlotte on Monday, produced just 18 points.

Harden recorded a double-double after he scored 29 points, three rebounds and 10 assists in front of his home fans.

"I think we all do, but at the end of the day it's a win or it's a loss", he said.

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But that's what helped the Dubs defeat one of the teams who beat them three times this season.

The Rockets still have a lot on the line with the regular season winding down. "I'm anxious about what's in this locker room", he said before walking away.

Cousins, signed as an injured free agent in July, has had to blend with the Warriors powerhouse lineup since returning in January from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

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

In brief the Rockets opened at 7-2 odds to win the 2019 NBA Championship, second to the Warriors 5-4 odds last June. "We're a lot smaller than a year ago - we're a different team - but we match up well with them".

"It was a good game for us, we didn't come out with the win but [it's a] learning experience". Various Warriors did a solid job handling Harden's isolations, and the hustle was definitely there when getting out on shooters. "This was a good night".

"We've talked about it as a team many times so hopefully, on this trip, we'll get to that point". 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.

Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78.

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