Recapping the Golden State Warriors’ Last 5 Games

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December 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots the basketball against Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Joey Dorsey (8) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Rockets 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Game 5

To end this latest five game stretch, the Warriors were back at Oracle to take on the Houston Rockets. Each team was without their top big man, as Golden State was without Bogut, and Dwight Howard was out for Houston. For the Rockets, it would be their 10th consecutive game without Howard, and yet, they still had an outstanding record of 16-4 heading in to this game.

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Houston had won seven of its last eight prior to facing the Warriors, largely thanks to the stellar play of James Harden.   With averages of 25 points per game to go along with six-plus rebounds and assists per game, he would obviously be the focal point for Golden State’s defensive game plan.

Similar to the Pelicans game, the opposing team’s superstar player had a big night with Harden posting a line of 34 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, but the rest of the team was kept in check as no other Houston player did anything of note.

This was a competitive game with each team trading blows, exchanging the lead after each of the first three quarters. Heading into the fourth quarter, Houston led by three points. But once again, the trend of the Warriors dominating the fourth quarter continued.

Trailing by one point with about five minutes to go, Livingston got a basket to put the Dubs up one.  Including Livingston’s two points, the Warriors would go on a 17-5 run to close out the game, with a Curry three-pointer putting an exclamation mark on the game with less than a minute remaining.

The final score was 105-93.  The win streak was up to 14, and the team’s record improved to an incredible 19-2.  The win meant that Kerr passed Al Cervi as the previous best start ever for a rookie coach and after the game, Kerr couldn’t help but to gloat about his team:

"“It means I’m the luckiest coach in NBA history,” Kerr said. “Because I inherited a team that was already really good.”"

Thompson led the team in scoring at 21 points with Barnes and Curry right behind him at 20.  Green and Speights each grabbed eight rebounds, and Livingston added five assists off the bench. The Warriors scored above 100 points for the fourth time in five games, and they also held their opponent under 100 points for the fourth time in fives games as well. Up next for the Dubs: At Dallas, New Orleans and Memphis before coming back home to play Oklahoma City and Sacramento.

One last Curry highlight before you go: