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Warriors Halt Rockets Win Streak At 9 Games

Rockets fall to the shorthanded Warriors 106-104

March 14, 2019 - 2:03 am

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- The Rockets win streak is over at nine games after they fell to the Golden State Warriors 106-104 Wednesday night at Toyota Center. 

The Rockets rallied from 13 points down with 5:37 to play, pulling to within one thanks to Chris Paul's 3-point play with 10.8 second left, but after the Rockets fouled, Stephen Curry made both free throws. The Rockets had the ball with eight seconds left, though they never got to hoist a possible game-tying shot as Andre Iguodala fouled James Harden on the inbounds pass. After making the first free throw, Harden missed the second intentionally, and while the rebound was tapped out, Iguodala ran it down and drained the rest of the clock.

Harden finished with 29 points and 10 assists. He shot 10-of-23 from the field, but just 2-of-12 from behind the 3-point line. 

Chris Paul added 24 points, while Eric Gordon scored 17 as the Rockets fall to 42-26 on the season, and drop back into a tie with Oklahoma City for third in the Western Conference.

Curry's three-pointer five and a half minutes in put Golden State up 15-7, but after Clint Capela stole the ball from Kevon Looney, he found Gerald Green for a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 run, tying the game at 15. After a timeout, the Warriors answered with a 14-2 run and led 33-23 after a quarter. The Warriors built their lead back to a dozen when Klay Thompson connected from long distance with 5:51 left before halftime only to see the Rockets score the game's next eight points. Harden's step-back triple with 32.5 second left in the half tied the game at 52, though Curry's layup on Golden State's ensuing possession put the Warriors up a bucket at the break. Thompson, Harden, and Paul scored 16 points in the half, while Curry added 15. 

Harden and Thompson traded buckets to open the third quarter, but Gordon and P.J. Tucker hit back-to-back threes, giving the Rockets their first lead of the night. Golden State answered with a 9-1 run to regain the lead and led by seven after three quarters and then opened the fourth quarter with seven straight points.

Without Kevin Durant, who missed the game with a right ankle contusion, Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points. DeMarcus Cousins added 27, with 20 coming after halftime, to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. Curry finished with 24.

The win improves the Warriors to 46-21 on the season, and they up their lead to 1.5 games over Denver for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets trail by 4.5 games.

The Rockets will be in action again Friday when they host the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center.