The Houston Rockets continued to give the Golden State Warriors trouble. With a 94-88 win on Friday night, the Rockets swept the season series between the two squads, and they also moved within one game of the sixth seed, which the Warriors barely occupy.
The first half was a rocky ride for the Warriors. They outscored the Rockets by nine in the first 12 minutes thanks to Klay Thompson’s 11 points and David Lee’s 10 points. Chandler Parsons made three three-pointers to keep Houston within reach.
The Rockets made their mark in the second quarter with a 21-7 run, which netted them a 50-48 lead at halftime. Carlos Delfino scored 12 points in the quarter, while the Warriors struggled to find range, shooting 6-of-22.
David Lee left during the second quarter after suffering a knee contusion. He finished with 16 points, but was in obvious pain when he returned to action, sporting a sleeve on his right knee.
Stephen Curry heated up in the third quarter, scoring the Warriors’ first five points of the quarter. A 10-0 run with nearly six minutes left in the quarter gave the Warriors a four-point lead, but Parsons, who finished with 26 points in the game, made back-to-back three-pointers to give the Rockets a 72-70 lead with two minutes remaining in the third.
The underlining highlight in this game, though, was the Warriors failure to execute in the fourth quarter.
Golden State didn’t make a shot until the 6:13 point, a Curry three-pointer. Plus, they only scored 12 points total in the quarter.
While a 7-2 by the Warriors with 5:01 left tied the game at 86, James Harden made three consecutive free throws to give Houston a three-point lead.
The Warriors fed Harrison Barnes in a clutch moment, but he didn’t cease the opportunity, falling short on an 18-foot jumper. From there, it was a free throws game, and the Rockets didn’t choke.
- Stephen Curry had 24 points on 8-of-21 shooting
- Klay Thompson had 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting
- Andrew Bogut collected 11 rebounds in 27 minutes
- James Harden had 11 assists
- Omer Asik collected 17 rebounds