Warriors top Rockets for 6th straight win
HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry took turns orchestrating the offense while the Golden State Warriors' collective length dominated defensively in a 125-108 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night at Toyota Center.
The Warriors (37-6) stretched their winning streak to six games by overwhelming the Rockets (33-13) on both ends of the court. Durant finished with 32 points and seven assists while Curry chipped in 24 points and seven assists as Golden State surged ahead in the first quarter and never looked back in a rematch of a Dec. 1 showdown won by the Rockets in double overtime at Oracle Arena.
Rockets guard James Harden produced 17 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists but was 0 for 5 on 3-pointers, Houston shot just 7 for 35 from behind the arc with Eric Gordon, the league leader in 3s, going 2 for 14 overall and 0 for 7 on 3s.
As part of their defensive might, the Warriors blocked seven shots and recorded eight steals.
The Warriors first flashed their offensive execution with a 10-0 run to the lead in the first quarter. Houston leaned on Harden and a pair of reserves, forward Sam Dekker (17 points) and center Clint Capela (22 points, 12 rebounds) to keep the deficit manageable, and when Golden State darted to a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter, Harden returned to action and keyed another rally.
Houston managed just six points in the second quarter prior to a Patrick Beverley 3-pointer with 6:06 left in the half. Harden and Dekker followed by combining for 17 points the remainder of the period before Curry beat the buzzer with a 3 that delivered the Warriors a 62-57 halftime lead.
Golden State siphoned the life out of the Rockets in the third quarter. While Houston shot 0 for 11 on 3s in the period, the Warriors opened the quarter with three layups, a Durant dunk, a wide-open trey from Draymond Green (15 points, eight boards, seven assists), a fourth layup and another Durant dunk. When Curry added back-to-back 3-pointers, the Warriors led 87-67 and coasted in to victory.
NOTES: With Warriors F David West sidelined by a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb, Golden State coach Steve Kerr will tweak his rotation. F Kevin Looney, averaging 8.4 minutes per game, could see an increase in playing time as might C Zaza Pachulia. F James Michael McAdoo could be an option when the Warriors play small. ... Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni opted to rest C Nene with the team facing a back-to-back in Memphis on Saturday. Montrezl Harrell started at center with Clint Capela coming off the bench and still working under a minute restriction. ... Six of the top eight league leaders in 3-pointers participated Friday: Rockets guards Eric Gordon and James Harden plus forwards Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, and Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.