Nearly all of the Rockets' scoring came from Eric Gordon (30 points, 7 assists), Gerald Green (29 points) and CP3 (28 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) while the Warriors relied on the usual combo of Klay and Steph (57 total points and 10 total threes) to stick around until the fourth when they made their big push.
The Rockets (27-9), who have lived up to their billing as the Western Conference team most likely to challenge the Warriors, also are short-handed, as MVP candidate James Harden will miss his second consecutive game. They scored the next five points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Curry, to make it 120-109 and send numerous home fans streaming for the exits. Gerald Green came off the bench to score 29, matching his career high with eight three-pointers.
A hamstring injury sustained on Monday robbed the Rockets of star man Harden, and a calf strain will now leave the Warriors shorn of Durant.
He clinched that record Wednesday night against the Rockets, when he logged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Golden State's 124-114 victory. He scored 28 points, hitting five threes, while dishing out nine assists in somewhat of a Diet Harden performance. Guard Bobby Brown, who is averaging 2.5 points per game and has a non-guaranteed contract, will be waived to clear a permanent spot for Green.
Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 29 points, while Thompson added 28.
The Rockets led 63-62 at halftime.
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The Warriors were up by three after three quarters and opened the fourth with an 8-1 run to make it 101-91 with about 10 minutes left. If they miss, the charity gets $1,000. While Rockets guard Chris Paul sat in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, so did Warriors forward Draymond Green.
"I think he made it out of that collision all right", Curry said.
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"I'm afraid to talk to him because I'll mess it up", D'Antoni said of Green. As Steve Kerr explained to Business Insider, the Warriors are actually a much more eclectic mix of offensive systems and have some key structural differences than the Rockets. "He makes all these insane, hard shots when you're flying at him and then there's some that are open that he misses".
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