Golden State's road win streak snapped in Houston, but Warriors aren't concerned


Chris Paul had a game-high 33 points along with 11 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes of play.

Kevin Durant, who had a team-high 26 points Saturday, says he isn't concerned about the Rockets owning the tie breaker after winning the season series two games to one. "We just got to get better". And far too often they were impatient and therefore utterly careless with their passing, resulting in 19 turnovers that led directly to 23 Houston points.

But you'd still be hard-pressed to convince me that Golden State will blow out the Rockets if both teams bring their A game to the court should they meet this spring.

Up until Saturday, the Warriors looked like they were going to walk to an National Basketball Association title. In the locker room, veteran David West asked a PR official how many games they were up on the Rockets, and when given the answer, he replied, "Yeah, we're good".

"Let's don't get ahead of ourselves", D'Antoni said, "we won a game, but that's it". But the Warriors are still cruising to another year of at least 65 wins, yet to lose consecutive games and setting another record for offensive efficiency. The Warriors are on an all-time great run, the Rockets as a whole are right up there this season and their recent meetings have been close.

He then blocked a Stephen Curry 3-point attempt that could have cut the lead to three on the ensuing possession.

Jan 20 2018 Houston TX USA Houston Rockets guard James Harden dribbles the ball during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Golden State's road win streak snapped in Houston, but Warriors aren't concerned

Stephen Curry questioned his decision-making in the final two minutes of the game.

The Warriors had outscored the Rockets, 11-2, to head into the fourth quarter within one.

They Warriors had made 68.8 percent of their shots in the third quarter, including 6 of 9 from deep. Golden State would take their first second half lead with just over 10 minutes left.

The Rockets were having trouble finding enough scoring to hold off the Golden State charge. I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defence - all the switches, the weak side - and keep playing our offense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them.

In saying goodbye to their impressive road win streak and a chance to make franchise history, the Warriors also experienced an awakening that should linger somewhere in their minds for months to come.

Houston pushed its lead to 64-47 on a Paul transition 3 before the Warriors pushed back. After the Rockets finally strung together a series of stops, Paul put in a pair of free throws to put the Rockets back in front and set up a finish with the lead going back and forth with each bucket feeling like a roundhouse punch. He acknowledged that he missed Durant for a potential wide-open dunk to give Thompson a 3-point opportunity that clanked off the rim.

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