Klay Thompson made his 200th 3-pointer of the season on Wednesday night's win over the Houston Rockets, making this year his seventh consecutive season knocking down at least 200 from beyond the arc. The Splash Brothers combined for 54 points while DeMarcus Cousins stepped up in KD's absence with a line of 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Next up for the Warriors is a road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, whereas the Rockets host the Phoenix Suns on Friday. Stephen Curry added 24 points for the Warriors, while the Rockets were paced by James Harden's 29 and Chris Paul's 24. This was by far the best "Boogie" has been for the Warriors, setting season highs with 27 points and seven assists, repeatedly bullying the Rockets on the block.
"Everybody has been healthy so it helped our main core to be consistent in our performances and being able to communicate game after game and build off that", Capela said.
The Rockets are now 4.5 games behind the Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and 3.0 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the No. 2 seed.
Green is famous for his trash-talking ability just as much as his actual play on the hardwood.
Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Universidade Center on October 5, 2017 in Shenzhen, China.
"Mentally we had a couple of lapses early in the game, especially in the first and second quarter, that gave them some open looks and that was it".
But that's what helped the Dubs defeat one of the teams who beat them three times this season. "It's (just) one loss".
Yet, here we are today, with Golden State having taken home each of the last two championships with a third likely on the way.
"We've all got to learn - me, too", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Eric Gordon was asked if he believes the Warriors see the Rockets as their foremost challenger.
Paul sank two free throws with 47 seconds remaining to pull Houston within 104-100, then completed a three-point play after being fouled by Andre Iguodala to pull the Rockets within 104-103 with 10 seconds remaining. "I've got something to say". So it's good to have multiple guys that can step up every night.
"It doesn't matter who scores or whatever, we're just playing to win the game", he said.
Golden State had a seven-point lead to start the fourth and scored the first seven points of the period, highlighted by a 3 from Thompson, to push the lead to 92-78.
National Basketball Association scoring leader James Harden netted 29 points and added 10 assists to lead the Rockets (42-26), who also got 24 points from Chris Paul and 13 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.