Warriors bring Rockets winning streak to a halt

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

He's averaging 34.6 FanDuel points per game this season.

"No I don't", he said.

While guard Russell Westbrook is putting up his usual numbers, forward Paul George is playing like an MVP candidate.

"We made a concerted effort to try to feed him in the post because of the way they played defense".

According to Second Spectrum, the Warriors got Cousins the ball on 18 post-ups, the second most by any player during Kerr's five seasons.

But on Wednesday, with Kevin Durant out with an ankle injury, Cousins shined. Every time someone smaller switched on to him (because his screen and roll action with Curry is that good) he punished the Rockets. I thought he did a phenomenal job just getting down on the block and controlling the game down there. "You can put whoever you want on me, honestly".

Despite the surge, James Harden & Co. still trail first-place Golden State, which has lost six of 10 capped by a loss to the lowly Suns, by 3 1/2 games in the Western Conference standings.

For most teams, Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena has been a house of horrors.

After trailing by 14 in the fourth quarter, a three-point play by Chris Paul got Houston within one with 10.8 seconds left.

Curry sank two free throws with 8 seconds to play to boost the lead and the Warriors fouled Harden to send him to the free throw line. "We knew who we wanted to score, (but) we should have been knowing that the entire game".

Harden led the way for the Rockets with 29 points.

Westbrook finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals while the Thunder's Paul George and Brooklyn's Spencer Dinwiddie each added 25 points.

"We just had too many mistakes", Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. Iguodala, Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just one turnover and eleven assists.

The Rockets also have gotten a boost recently from the strong play of Eric Gordon. The Warriors made sure no such sweep happened this year with a 106-104 over the Rockets in Houston. He joined Curry as the only player in National Basketball Association history to connect on 200-plus three-pointers in seven consecutive seasons.

A ideal example came in Houston's last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on February 23 that got the winning streak going. "It was my fault in the first half", Westbrook said. His three-point shooting is down from 33.2 percent in his career to only 24.2 percent this season.

The Warriors - who absorbed a shocking loss to the cellar-dwelling Phoenix Suns last Sunday - almost blew a 13-point advantage, 102-89, in the last 4 minutes.

Bradley Beal scored 23 points and Thomas Bryant came off the bench to add 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Washington Wizards beat visiting Orlando 100-90.

The Houston Rockets haven't shied away from expressing their desire to dethrone the Golden Warriors.

Atlanta's John Collins scored 27 points to lead the Hawks over visiting Memphis 132-111 while Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead Utah's 114-97 victory at Phoenix.

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