Revenge it was, for the Warriors. After losing to the Rockets 3 times this season, allowing an average of 116.7 points, the Warriors crushed the Rockets 108-78 to start a key road-trip. This was an important game for the Warriors because the Rockets are closing in on the 6th position, but the Warriors just aren’t willing to relinquish that spot. It was a good night for the Warriors, and they’ll feel very good on the plane to New Orleans.
In the first quarter of this game, the Warriors and the Rockets both opened with superb defense. The Dubs were running the Rockets off the three point line, and Andrew Bogut was defending the paint: the Rockets scored almost no points. The Warriors were driving the ball and putting good pressure. Midway through the quarter, it was 8-6, the Warriors lead. From that point on, they would never trail again: at the end of the quarter, the Dubs lead 18-10.
The second quarter was where the Warriors really cut lose. They opened hot, extending their lead to 12 at 27-15, and Curry, who was cold in the first, started to score. Until the final three minutes of the quarter, it was back and forth. The Warriors, however, made a push and extended the lead to 23 at the half. It was 54-31, and the Rockets were shooting the ball at 19.6%.
The third quarter brought a lot of problems for the Warriors, however. The Rockets started on a 14-2 run, and cut the lead to 5. Lucky for the Warriors they had Klay Thompson, who hit a barrage of three pointers and made some big shots to extend the lead to 15 again. At the end of the horrid third, it was 75-60, Warriors lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors silenced the Rockets, who made a couple attempt to come back. Klay Thompson was once again the go-to guy when the Rockets tried to make a run. After the Warriors pushed it to 16 with 6 left in the quarter, the Rockets seemed to stop playing. The Warriors went on to outscore the Rockets by 14, resulting in a 108-78 win.
My three stars:
1. Andrew Bogut – 12 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, +26
2. Klay Thompson: 26 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, +19
3. Stephen Curry: 29 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, +22