The Golden State Warriors traveled to Houston last Friday only to allow themselves get trampled by the Rockets, losing 103-85 in their most lopsided defeat of the season. One week later, however, and the Warriors are coming off an emotional victory over the Dallas Mavericks and look to improve on their 13-10 start.
Stephen Curry dropped 33 points on 13-of-25 shooting and dished out 10 assists in Wednesday’s win, including the game-winner with just 1.5 seconds remaining. While Klay Thompson struggled, scoring 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting and turning the ball over 4 times, Harrison Barnes stepped up and added 17 points. Curry will be looking to reach the 30-point mark for the third consecutive game.
The Rockets suffered a 111-104 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, bringing their record down to 15-8. Dwight Howard led all scorers with 32 points, recording 17 rebounds as well. James Harden added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists but it was not enough to overcome Portland’s attack, led by LaMarcus Aldridge who managed 31 points, 25 rebounds and 2 blocks. It was the first time in the past 10 seasons a player has recorded 30/25/2 in a single game.
Harden is fifth in the league in scoring averaging 24.6 points per contest, while Curry is right behind at sixth in the league with 24.1 points. Howard is second in the league in rebounding, pulling down 13.4. Warriors center Andrew Bogut is tenth, averaging 9.7 per game. Thompson and Curry are first and second in the league, respectively, in made three-pointers. The Splash Brothers have combined to drain 146 thus far in the season.
The Rockets got the best of the Warriors in their last game, but expect the Warriors, at home, to come out ready to play on Friday night. The Oracle Arena is not just like any other place to play.
Warriors, 107 – Rockets, 102
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Time: 10:30 P.M. ET